No ex­cuses: Vote Nov. 6 or don’t com­plain later

North Penn Life - - Opinion -

If you don’t vote, we don’t want to hear about it. It may be the only in­stance you find news­pa­per peo­ple, nor­mally very pas­sion­ate about the First Amend­ment, want­ing to limit the Free­dom of Speech.

If you don’t vote, shut up. We don’t want to hear it. vou had the power; you just wasted it.

This elec­tion, par­tic­u­larly the pres­i­den­tial race, has stirred up so much emo­tion that we’re ex­pect­ing record- break­ing turnout. That is the ex­tent of our pre­dic­tions.

We’ve heard what you’ve heard: The elec­tion is too close to call at this point. Let’s re­hearse the ar­gu­ments. My spouse and I can­cel each other out. sote any­way.

I don’t like ei­ther of the can­di­dates. Pick one. Or vote for the Green can­di­date or the Lib­er­tar­ian can­di­date. sote for se­na­tor, con­gressper­son, rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Don’t for­get about the state leg­isla­tive seats as well. There’s even a lot of squawk­ing go­ing on about the can­di­dates for state at­tor­ney gen­eral.

This is sup­posed to be a rep­re­sen­ta­tive democ­racy. It works best when ev­ery­one par­tic­i­pates. It is your right. It is your priv­i­lege. It is your duty.

Men and women have died on fields of bat­tle to pro­tect that right. Men and women died in church fires and hang­men’s nooses in the bat­tle for civil rights, which in­cluded vot­ing rights. Women were tor­tured in pris­ons for women’s suf­frage. Don’t take it for granted. The framers of the Con­sti­tu­tion wisely wrote in those old checks and balances into our sys­tem of gov­ern­ment. If the wrong man — who­ever you may think that is — wins the pres­i­den­tial race, you still have the power to af­fect pol­icy via the leg­isla­tive branch.

If the wrong men or women — who­ever you may think they are — win seats in the r. S. or state House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives or Se­nate, they will run for re­elec­tion in two or four years.

vou still have the power. sot­ing is the first step. Keep their feet to the fire af­ter the elec­tion. rse email, the tele­phone, the r. S. Postal Ser­vice to make your voices heard.

Or you can be quiet about it. Let what­ever comes come.

Just don’t come cry­ing to us.

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