By: Steve Trubilla
Are you registered to vote, is a question I have been asking people.
Here are some common replies I hear: “I am not sure, maybe, I think so, I was at one time, and I have been meaning to do that.”
Of course I understand people get busy, but to not even know if you are registered to vote suggests people simply do not value the right, or the sacrifice so many have made to provide it
Given all the rights, privileges, and benefits an American citizen enjoys, is it too much to ask that every citizen vote?
Routinely, I meet people that openly tell me they do not. They offer what they call reasons for it ranging from, “none of the candidates represents me,” to “it does not matter; the system is too corrupt for it to even make a difference.” I see what they offer not as reasons, but excuses.
It is true the system is corrupt and yes there is voter fraud. Those that say it does not are either in denial, lying, uninformed, or find it to be in their self-interest to advance that it does not.
It defies logic to believe voter fraud does not exist. Political office is for most about power and money. If it were not, why are millions spent to win office for a position that returns a fraction of what is spent for financial remuneration?
Saying you do not vote because it does not matter, knowing the system is corrupt, is like giving a thief the keys to your home. You know the thief is going to rob you, and still you give the thief the keys?
If someone openly said to you that you are stupid, it would probably anger you, and most likely you would take them to task for it. But if you gave a thief the keys to your house, it really would be foolish; a synonym for foolish is stupid. So why would you get angry?
I am trying to paint a picture with this metaphor. Remember the movie “Forrest Gump,” when Tom Hanks said, “stupid is as stupid does?”
Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it, — George Bernard Shaw.
So who is most responsible for your individual liberty, safety, and that of your families? Are you really leaving this to people you do not trust?
Election after election, many of the same people stay in office that do not, and will not support the things you believe in. By not voting, you are by default voting for them to stay in office.
The 2014/2015 school year has started, and what is in the news? A respiratory virus is sending hundreds of children to hospitals. It is predicted this will soon sweep across the country.
While this is in the media, they are minimizing the possible connection to the federal government and the Obama administration imposing thousands of invaders not immunized against communicable diseases to our heartland.
Remember in November, the local Democratic Party supported these policies. Doing this is epically foolish. People are outraged and asking how this can happen, and who is responsible for it? The answers are really very simple. It happens because statistics show most people pay little or no attention to what their elected officials are doing.
It is predictable children are going to die from what has been done. The Centers for Disease Control has long ago sounded the alarm on this. It’s estimated that more than 50,000 unimmunized children may be in classes with your children.
No, they are not all here in North Carolina, but thousands are, with more on their way. The American people could have stopped this simply by voting.
The infectious disease component is a real and present danger. It may however be nothing compared to the threat posed by terrorists flooding across our borders.
Today, America paused to remember the terrible events of Sept. 11, 2001. Make no mistake; there are people in our country right now planning an even more horrific event. There is a strong probability that they will succeed.
In large part they are here because our elected representation has not secured the borders. No amnesty, no deals; secure the borders. It appears Kay Hagan never received the memo on this. Remember this in November as well.
Often I hear well, what can I do? I respond with take a stand, and vote. Then go out and find 10 people that are not registered. Talk to your children about their civic duty to vote. They will probably not hear about it in school. Take them to the polls with you. Together we are many.
Yes, it will require some effort on your part. Is it too much to do to keep your children safe? This is a serious question.
Remember, stupid is as stupid does.
For more information on voting and voter registration you can contact the Franklin County Board of Elections at (919) 496-3898. Their office is located at, 107 Industrial Drive, Louisburg, NC 27549