I couldn’t help but compare our current status with ancient Assyria. Assyria was known for maiming enemies of war, desecrating bodies, and doing really horrible, cruel, grotesque types of physical damage to those who chose not to agree with them. There is some debate on the level of torture permissible in the United States toward our enemies; but there is indication that there is a certain level of cruelty administered, even to its citizens.
There is information available, suggesting the government tracks our cell phones, uses the highest kind of surveillance equipment to record data on citizens, has stolen our rights guaranteed by the constitution, controls what we can say—right down to what clothes we, (Americans) can wear if there is any kind of logo or writing on it, corrupted much of our media, is allegedly subsidizing mind altering pharmaceutical drugs, and a host of other things I won’t even think about mentioning!
Is this what our forefathers planned when our country was formed? I think not, yet, here we are. But there is an alternative to accepting, with apathy, because there seems nothing we can do about it, all that is happening. It’s not going to stop it, although as citizens we should confront the situation (legally!) whenever possible, but if our minds are on what is good and right, while celebrating everyday life with courage, we can alter our state of despair should we find ourselves focusing on the negative!
We should not act like our world is not changing, but I encourage you to take a different perspective on things. Even while our world moves down a negative road, we have opportunities to share our faith through kindness to others, volunteer work, or being available for our neighbors in a crisis, or a hundred other things, only limited to our imagination. Our lives are what we make them through our faith. It’s up to us to not cower in fear, but stand boldly and be the shining light in someone else’s day.
Beyond that, voting is just one way we can let our light shine, even if it doesn’t seem so. It is our American freedom and right; even our “duty” as citizens of America! This is a legal means to voice our convictions and beliefs, ---but is not always used, because people don’t believe their vote will make a difference!
There are so many reasons why this mentality is just wrong! First, historically, this is how our country was founded. We are supposed to be a country “for the people and by the people” allowing us to be self-governing. When we don’t vote, we give the leaders an “edge” to do as they please, even if it’s downright wrong!
Voting is our “hope” in the United States. It’s what sets us apart from other countries. Men and women across the Americas have fought and died for that right and honor! What a disservice to their memory if we choose to not use the “voice” they fought for! ….And silence (not voting) ultimately gives consent. If you don’t agree with something (or someone) this is the place to make it count. At least this way, you have legitimate weight to complain when things aren’t going right!
And, as citizen’s who choose to not vote, we open the door to the right of voting being taken away. It is the “don’t use it, you lose it” idea! Surely this would lead to unimaginable oppression, cruelty, a dictatorship and perhaps even a world as bad as Ancient Assyria.