For me, voting is a complete privilege and an amazing freedom. It’s also a responsibility that I think we as free (as of now) Americans have to participate in order to keep our freedom. Most of the time when I hear about government, politics or campaigning, I don’t think of my simple vote as integral to the "pushing forth" of what I want to see. Yet, how can I not think that it is? If multitudes of people feel as I do, and I know they do, then we’re missing out on making a difference if we don't vote.
However, plenty of people don’t feel this way. They’re disillusioned by the past (Nothing has changed, so why make the effort?) Some think voting is a waste of time (Hey, I’m just one vote. Big deal). But maybe that’s because they’re not passionate enough about their philosophy? Maybe they’re not passionate enough about having a voice because freedom doesn’t mean much to them anymore? Have we forgotten that we GET to have a voice here in the USA?
All I know is that in the past (I do absentee now), when I got to my polling place, I didn’t fear someone would bomb it. I didn’t fear that other people would shun me, come after me, hound me or shoot me, all because of how I voted. We still live in a place that allows major freedoms in our voting system. We get to vote --to choose --what we think is right for our country and not what a king dictates for us to choose as it once was for us, hundreds of years ago -- and unbelievably, still is in other parts of the world.
Your freedom to vote is a luxury. If the government isn't to your liking, or even if it is, exercise your right to make a difference in whatever way you want. Do it for your fellow Americans. And most of all, do it for your own conscience and soul.