"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt
Enfranchisement does not arrive on one’s doorstep devoid of
costs. A vote, like freedom, is fought for and died for. It is an opportunity
to which all are entitled but many still do not enjoy. A vote is a powerful
force as it belongs solely to the voter. Election season is a time for each citizen to
decide which candidate will execute a given political role in the best interest
of the people. It is a span in which the people acquaint
themselves with candidates of opposite political parties, seldom in an intimate
setting such as dinner or embrace. Thus in order for the responsible voter to
arrive at a firm decision regarding the assignment of his precious vote, he
must familiarize himself with the candidates’ stance on political issues. Unedited
televised sessions of debate and legitimate interviews that pose relative
questions to candidates are excellent windows into a nominee’s plan to govern.
Commentary originating from a candidate’s neighborhood garbage man or
interviews conducted by leading woman on daytime television do not fall into
the legitimate category. The art of persuasion during election season a.k.a.
wartime may become desperate, which is why the responsible voter is educated
and seeks both sides of every story.Ultimately the responsible voter decides firmly on a candidate. He does
not passively sit on the sidelines undecided or ashamed of his choice because
the candidate does not fall into his registered political party or racial
background. The responsible voter is willing to stand behind his vote and looks
polished while doing it. He is dressed unapologetically sharp, prepared to
answer inquiries on topics such as the national debt with poise, elegance and
without a teleprompter. The educated voter is not phased by slogans such as “I’ve
got his back” but selects his candidate according to a nominee’s intention to uphold
a given constitution.