To the editor: I often express my strong political views which support many of the policies of Democrats who represent many Americans, especially hard working, middle class individuals. I am also respectful, composed and unfazed by those who do not support my views. I also reject the idea that winning requires ridiculing an opponent or his/hers supporters. I am not naive and realize some individuals do not agree with me. However, I do respect those individuals. I certainly believe we need a change in representation at all levels in government, especially in Washington, D.C. The most direct avenue to institute this change is by voting.
As we all prepare for the mid-term voting process, I recall some of my college classes required reading the works of Edmund Burke, an Irish statesman, author, and orator who served in Parliament between 1766 to 1794. Burke was born in Ireland to a Protestant father and a Catholic mother who vigorously defended the Church of England but demonstrated sensitivity to Catholic concerns. He is considered one of the founding fathers of modern Conservatism. One of the pillars of this movement is liberty or freedom....it means political liberty, the freedom to speak your mind on matters of public policy. Although I consider myself a Democrat/Progressive, I agree with this conservative pillar, express my concerns in signed writings and do not hide behind anonymous published comments which conflict with my views.
I specifically admire two of Burke’s comments: “The only thing for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing;” and “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do little.”
The right to vote is the one thing that is more valuable than the right to bear arms. However, some Americans have forfeited that right because they have failed to register to vote. These individuals are victims or pawns to the individuals who attempt to control polling sites and endeavor to gerrymand districts in their favor or who attempt to control and curtail the voting rights of individuals.
Ironically, what is more disappointing are those individuals who are registered but who fail to vote. They are like soldiers who have a loaded gun but fail to fire at an approaching enemy.
Voting is a big thing. However, it is a “little thing” that some feel will not make a difference — it’s the “nothing” and “only little” of which Burke spoke. Your vote will assist in resolving “something,” whether it is locally, statewide, nationally and even worldwide. Your vote, or lack of voting, will help determine our national prosperity, our security, the future for our families and friends. Don’t let your vote be silent or silenced. In unison with your friends and neighbors, you can make a difference.