Wednesday’s editorial “Why vote? Let us count the reasons” is a wake-up call to all of us.
Hopefully, it will help increase voter turnout. But the way I see it sometimes we place too much emphasis on turnout rather than the consequences elections will have. People should not take voting as a recreational activity or simply a “right” to which they are entitled.
We must not become oblivious to the monumental responsibility we have to our fellow citizens, community, state, and country.
Elections should not be a game to see which political party wins; they should be a thoughtful exercise by individual voters to elect competent leaders. I think careless voting, e.g. voting for a Democrat simply because you are a Democrat, or visa versa, represents a danger of terminal frivolity at the expense of freedom.
In his Sept. 17, 1796, farewell address, President George Washington warned of the potential dangers from political parties. Maybe because they seem to promote group think.
Do not get caught-up in group think. So I join with The Free Press and encourage every eligible voter to study the issues and cast your vote as an individual, for an individual that can win, based on the direction you prefer our country move in going forward.