www.inkthinkerblog.com — Writing is good, and so is the First Amendment, and I’m going to use both when I tell you that I’m sick and tired of hearing folks say things like “If you don’t vote, you should be deported,” or “Vote or I’ll smack you,” or anything else that implies that choosing not to vote makes one somehow less worthy of living (safely) in a country that is built on and promotes choices. Yes, folks have every right to say it/think it/paint it on a sign, but somewhere we seem to have forgotten that voting is a right, not a legal obligation, and a right is “a power or liberty to which one is justly entitled, or a thing to which one has a just claim.”* It is not something one is obligated to take advantage of or participate in. Voting is compulsory in these countries, but not in the United States of America. Here, it’s a choice, and if someone chooses not to exercise that right, they’re taking advantage of it just the same as someone who does choose to vote. Just something to think about between now and the next election.
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