by Candace Salima, Senior Contributor on US Daily Review
There is no question that America broke the mold when the Founding Fathers put together not only who would represent us, but how we would elect them. Wisely, they chose a representational form of government of a monarchy or the ever popular mob rule with democracy. Today is Midterm Election Day, which is every bit as important as when presidential elections overwhelm the nation. More than president, we choose our senators and representatives, both federal and state. We choose the men and women who will represent us at both levels of government. We choose our attorneys general, governors, judges, county clerks, auditors, etc.
The U.S. Constitution lays out the way our government works with great simplicity. Congress, over the course of the two plus centuries America has existed, has mucked it up quite a bit. Most amendments to the Constitution are good, but 16 and 17 simply have to be repealed in order to restore the balance between the state and federal governments. But that’s another discussion for another day. Back to voting . . .
In so many nations across the world people are dying for the right to vote we treat so cavalierly. Today, when I voted, I was the 280th voter. I voted at noon and the polls opened at 7:00 a.m. and remain open until 8:00 p.m. I couldn’t help but thinking of women of the Middle East who are treated as less than dogs. What would they give to be treasured, be honored, and be allowed to vote? Then I think of the 200 Christian girls kidnapped from school in Nigeria. The leader of Boka Haram issued a statement saying the girls have been forced converted to Islam and married off to terrorists. What would those young girls give to be free and allowed to vote?
Yes, I know we live busy lives. But this opportunity to cast a vote for leaders occurs once every two years. Even if you had to wait two hours to vote, it would be one of the greatest privileges of your life. If we look back at the founding of our nation, and the wars fought since then, it would be difficult to count how many American lives have been lost in the cause for freedom. Each life lost is incalculable in his or her value to those who loved them, and should equally be valued by each American. We began to pay the cost by voting and becoming involved and educated as to those running and the issues on the ballot.
Candace E. Salima is an author, columnist, public speaker and political activist. A frequent radio guest on shows around the nation, she is valued for her viewpoint on a variety of subjects, particularly politics. Follow Candace on Facebook, Twitter or Google+. Learn more about her on www.candacesalima.com.