|9/12/2012 9:56:00 AM|
Catholic News Service
Poll workers at Christ the King School in Nashville, Tenn., sign in voters on an election day.
Apathy is never an admirable quality.
That’s why we here at the Catholic Sentinel are concerned about the number of young people who say they don’t see the point in voting.
The only way democracy works is if citizens, young and old, are active participants in the elections. Granted, voting has become a confusing affair. No candidate encompasses all of our beliefs or opinions on issues.
But let’s not forget that a government by the people can’t work without the people. A democracy without voters is merely a shell.
A vote may seem like a small ripple in the pond, but combined with the votes of others who share your views it can become a powerful voice for change.
Just ask young people in Iran or North Korea if they would like to vote for what they believe in, what their conscience tells them is right.
No taxation without representation is how it started, but in the end, voting is about responsibility and being an active member of society.
Many Americans these days are more interested in the false rugged individualism of choosing not to vote, instead of being interested in what freedom truly is — a responsibility.
Sometimes when we talk about freedom, we talk about freedom from the constraints of an older culture. This freedom tends to cut both ways.
While questioning where we came from is an important part of youth, let’s realize that the founding members of our American society had some good ideas. Voting is one of the most important.
Exhort the disaffected to register and vote.