Sunday, May 13, 2007 [ 4:30 AM ]
WHY VOTE? WHY NOT?
Sad to say, I have talked to several people who will not vote in the midterm elections tomorrow because according to them, their votes would not be counted anyway so why bother. It is true that there is a possibility that cheating will happen in tomorrow’s polls and in fact the politically motivated killings and allegations of vote buying in different parts of the country is a clear indication of it. So why vote?
From the perspective of someone who belongs to the younger generation, I am frustrated to hear this kind of reasoning especially from the older guys whom I expected to make wiser decision than myself. If we don’t vote because we believe that there will be cheating, isn’t it a sign of giving up and just letting the crooks demolish our democracy? It’s just like saying why lock the doors of your house if the robbers will break the window anyway. I can only say that at least let’s give them a hard time doing it.
If all of us will vote for the candidates we want to be seated in public office, at least we will make cheating harder for them to do. At least, if we voted for the candidates we want, it will be very obvious who cheated their way through their positions. We will know who the cheat is because we know who we really voted for. If we don’t vote, we will just dignify their cheating because we will give them the right to blame us for not doing our job.
If we don’t vote, then we don’t have the right to complain. We don’t have the right to complain for whatever devastation our country gets into because of our leader’s unpatriotic self-centered ambition-focused decisions. If we don’t vote, we don’t have the right to complain because we didn’t do our job. If we don’t vote, there will be no one to blame but ourselves who let the unworthy be placed in their seats. If we don’t vote, we only have ourselves to blame. But if we do vote, we can say that at least, we did what we have to do.