Voting has always been a fundamental part of America. The 15, 19, 23, 24 and 26 amendments all involve voting and the freedom to do so. Voting is the only way to voice your opinion as an American citizen. It’s an American responsibility that all Americans should feel obligated to do.
“In many places around the world, citizens have no voice. We’re lucky,” Oklahoma history teacher Greg Durbin said.
“No taxation, without representation,” was the battle cry of Patriots during the American Revolution. British colonists living in North America were being unfairly taxed by the British king and that made them want the same rights as the other British citizens. They decided to break away, thus starting America, on the premises of having a voice. On the crazy notion that we would be able to elect our leaders and not have them divinely appointed to leadership, (in history, it was believed that a monarch was appointed to the crown by God.)
“Voting is the most important right we have. It’s the most fundamental. The entire premise around the revolution was the colonists who were British citizens, not having their voices heard in Parliament. They wanted the opportunity to have their voices heard, just like the other British citizens had,” Government teacher Tiffany Jones said.
Voting lets Americans dictate whats best for our country. Many Americans take it upon themselves to complain about how our government is being ran, but none want to make a change. Why let a stranger run America when you can turn the tides yourself? Every vote matters.
“Every single vote can change the country for the incoming years to come. Once you’re legal, you should be voting because your choosing the person that will do the best job for you and your family,” junior Lena Shiplet said.
Voting is the American way of life. Immigrants flood to America in hopes of becoming an American citizen, in hopes of being able to participate in the election of government officials.
“America has a representative democracy which provides the opportunity for citizens to participate in the election process. It then becomes a responsibility to vote for the best person for the position as a Representative of the people,” senior English teacher Ann Schmidt said.
In more of a patriotic sense, think of how many wars have been fought for Americans to vote, how much American blood was shed for that freedom, how many soldiers selflessly gave their lives for us and our freedoms.
“I think it’s very important to vote because every vote counts. Everyone needs to take advantage of your freedom to vote. Americans died ensuring that you and your children will be able to vote. If you don’t vote, you’re basically saying you don’t care about your country or who and how it is ran,” junior Jordan Trexlar said.
Teachers agree with this sentiment.
“Don’t take your right to vote for granted because many men and women have died, they’ve sacrificed their lives for our right to vote and our freedom in general,” history teacher Robert Showler said.
Being a democratic country is a privilege. Not everyone has to agree that our president is the best, but everyone knows that the majority of America thought so, which is what put him in power. Our president is not a dictator, he was appointed, by the votes of Americans country wide. Now if you don’t like him or her, and you didn’t vote, then you have no reason to complain. It’s like paying someone to do your homework and it not being good. You can not be upset because you know you should have done it yourself. Voting is the same way.
Voting propels our nation forward by keeping democracy a priority.