Vote based on beliefs

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Words matter. Words such as “duty” and “rights” matter more than ever. I am concerned to see these words used frequently in contexts and ways that are incorrect and misleading. Our “rights” are in jeopardy at the hand of government. But what are “rights”?

Do we have a “right” to vote? Is there a “duty” to vote?

Does every citizen have a “right” to drive a car? That privilege comes with qualifications and responsibilities.

A voter should be responsible for becoming informed about issues and candidates. Being informed requires the ability to read English and at least a minimum degree of knowledge about our country’s representative government, its branches of government and the elected leaders. Watching television will not provide this information. “News” is not educational!

Some of my friends decry the system of political parties. If there is a better solution to delineate positions and differences in political philosophy, what is it? Some say they are “independents” and view parties with suspicion. Some unswervingly support one party’s candidates without question, and some vote on a one-issue stance.

Rationally, unemotionally and with as little self-centeredness as possible learn and examine the core beliefs and platforms of the major political parties, and soberly consider which one is the better fit with our own position on the role of government. That is the duty of a good citizen.

Sarah McKibben

North Augusta, S.C.

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Gary Ross
Gary Ross 06/24/12 - 10:31 am
I often wonder...

Well written, but how? I often wonder why the vote of an educated, politcally passionate person counts the same as someone who could care less about anything but more free handouts.

Jane18 06/24/12 - 02:17 pm
Gary's comment

I don't think I have ever heard anyone use that comparison before, Gary. And you know what? You are right! It just doesn't seem right, does it?>> To Sarah, I agree with you, but the one thing I check out is what organizations back the candidate. If that isn't a dead giveaway as to the way the candidate will go, nothing is................

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