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Accountable Citizenship

Accountable citizenship demands that we own the outcomes of our decisions. Staying on the sidelines doesn't remove our individual accountability for what results from our actions (or inactions).

Congratulations!  We made it through another presidential election.  Some of us were pleased with the results; others of us were disappointed.  In the final analysis, the true winner in the election was our system of democratic (small "d") participation.  If you voted, give yourself a pat on the back for exercising your birthright--something that has been guaranteed by the blood and treasure of our young men & women since before we became a country.

If you didn't vote, perhaps you should be asking yourself "why not?".  What is it that has soured your desire to take advantage of the liberties afforded under our Constitution?  My purpose for asking is not to moralize or pass judgement.  I'd just like to understand the perspective of those who choose not to vote (I do mean "choose".  If you were out of town or unable to vote due to illness, infirmity, etc., you get a free pass).  Is it a loss of hope or a sense of powerlessness?  Are you convinced your single vote doesn't matter so why be inconvenienced?  Do you just feel that you couldn't support any candidate, at any level of government, so you opted to just stay at home?

Whatever the real reason(s), I beg you to reconsider.  I am a firm believer that we get the government we deserve.  Accountable citizenship demands of us that we own the outcomes of our decisions, good or bad.  Staying on the sidelines may feel safe, but it doesn't remove our individual accountability for what results from our actions (or inactions).

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MSgt. John DeLallo November 13, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Great thoughts. I voted, and I worked as a poll watcher. If you did not vote, or observe, or participate in the political process, don't bitch when taxes go up, entitlements for those who provide nothing go up, illegal immigration and sanctuary cities and states increase, the lawless administration continues to rule by executive fiat, and you find yourself paying for goods and services that you will never enjoy. If, on the other hand, you did vote, scream, complain, moan, write your congress-critters to support the socialist bent of Obama, or to protest it. Voting makes you a stakeholder, and I'm not buying that this very marginal victory, in terms of the popular vote, is a mandate for more redistribution of wealth.
Mike November 14, 2012 at 01:58 PM
"socialist bent of Obama" Hilarious!
JS November 14, 2012 at 02:31 PM
Agreed wholeheartedly, Msgt., the redistribution of weath to the top 2% has got to be stopped. This country will be a banana republic in no time if this continues.

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