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November 5, 2012

Do some serious flag-waving: Go to the polls

MOULTRIE — Today is the big day! Today one can exercise his right to vote — assuming, of course, he or she has registered.

The right to vote is one of the most basic concepts of our democratic republic. Even though we have an electoral college procedure for choosing our president, those electoral votes are the favor of the popular vote in each state.

Many people debate which it should be, electoral college or popular vote. Typically, if the candidate lost the national popular vote but gained the electoral vote, then his or her supporters see the importance of the electoral college. If the opposite happens, then it’s human nature to decry the electoral college and uphold the popular vote. Funny how it works that way.

Good, bad or indifferent, this is the system we have. But we do have the right to cast our votes without fear of intimidation. Voting places are readily available to us and the most streamlined voting processes make it very easy for us.

Keep in mind that when one votes, he upholds our democracy and uplifts the many sacrifices that secure it. If we don’t vote, then that’s tantamount to saying that those sacrifices were for naught.

There are many, many nations where the citizens would like to be able to make choices without their lives being threatened. They haven’t been spoiled by democracy so complacency is not an issue with them.

Whoever we choose today for president, it will  have been the desire of the majority, regardless of our stand on the rightness or wrongness of the electoral college. All candidates chosen for posts outside of the presidency will have won their seats on the one-man-one-vote premise.

Let’s all do some very serious flag waving today ... Let’s go to the polls!

 

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