Our vote is both a privilege and a responsibility that matters
This election speaks profoundly to what kind of people we are and what kind of county, state and country we want to live in. Each of our votes is an important part of that statement.
May I suggest that if living in a democracy is part of our values system, it is also important that before we vote we think about the building blocks of a democracy.
For me, some of those building blocks are fairness, freedom of speech (including freedom of the press), a government that ensures each of us a quality education, access to medical care and justice. I think a democracy enables each of us to dream our own dreams and is led by elected officials who listen with humility, value our differences, and act with intelligence, compassion, honesty and hope for our future.
Conversely, history has shown us that repressive authoritarianism is built on mistrust and fear, anger and demonization of others. In an authoritarian government, lies become commonplace and trust extends only to those who look, think and believe like those in power. In short, when “otherness” is dehumanized, people no longer have the privilege and joys of living in a democracy.
I want to urge each of us to think about these notions — how our vote reflects our values, how our vote becomes a statement of the world we genuinely believe can provide for the well-being of our families, our neighbors and our shared future.
It is not an exaggeration to say that the whole world is watching. Our vote is a privilege and a responsibility that matters. May we all exercise that right with thoughtful intelligence.
Michael S. Glaser,
St. Mary’s City