Oxygen is something we take for granted. We assume that we will always have it to use any way we want. We believe it will always be there. We even believe we have a right to it.
Truth is, if we didn’t have it, we would not be able to live.
Because many of us have had access to it, we assume voting for our elected officials is something we will always be able to do. We miss the fact that most of the people born in The United States did not have the right to vote for the people who made laws that govern them.
The people in power created laws like poll taxes and grandfather clauses to limit the number of people who could vote. They understand the power in picking elected officials. They used the lack of education and knowledge of the voting rules to keep undesirable people away from the polls. Today they create specialized rules like a prison record or immigration status to deny people the right to vote. It keeps the few elites in power so that they can become richer and keep undesirables in their place.
You see it has only been a little over 50 years that African Americans had laws in place to protect their right to vote, followed closely by women who gained the right over 80 years ago. Even white men had to start a revolution to gain the right too chose who represented them in government more than 242 years ago.
These folks had to put their feet to the ground and fight for the right to vote. These men and women who with the sweat of their brows gave up more than we can imagine fighting for something they never attained. They wanted the right to vote. They knew the power it held. But many never got to cast a ballot.
So go and cast your ballot for your ancestors who could not because there were laws in place to keep them from it. Cast your vote for women who marched and protested for 80 years before they had the right to vote.
You have the right. Make some time and do it.
When you give your freedom to someone else, you give up the right to live your life how you want to. You give up the right to be free.
I have spent these days encouraging people to vote because I believe in the right to a free government of the people, by the people, for the people.