I’ll have to admit. When it came down to it, on election night, a part of me wanted Mitt Romney to win over Barack Obama. Does that mean I would have voted for him? No. There’s a big difference. I feel that I am accountable for who I vote for, so I never would vote for someone who doesn’t adhere to certain principles. At the same time, I recognized that perhaps the only thing our country had going for us was a change.
Your Vote Counts, But Does It Matter?
It was interesting to read all the early morning, early afternoon comments from people on Election Day, declaring their pride in the democratic process of each citizen having the ability to cast a vote. Most of them had just returned from the polls, or were waiting in line and felt the need to declare to the world through social media that they were performing their civic duty. There is a sense of accomplishment when one does something even this simple, when there is an understanding of the collective impact in can have on a city, state, and nation.
Fast forward to later that evening and into the following day and the tone of the voters, specifically those in the Romney camp, changed significantly. No longer were their declarations of gratitude for living in a free land where votes count, but grumblings of sketchy activities at the polls, disappointment with results, and even apocalyptic fear of what the next four years are to bring. It is interesting to note that there was no complaining when suspect methods were used to secure the nomination for Romney, but let’s not go there.
A recent article on Right Side News was entitled “22 Signs That Voter Fraud Is Wildly Out Of Control And The Election Was A Sham”. The title speaks for itself and I would encourage you to follow the link and read over the claims. Actually, a majority of the “signs” are just statistical facts about the voting, there’s no claim involved. It’s an absolute must read! I’m withholding my opinion on the matter, but assuming these statistics and accompanied allegations are true, what does this mean for your vote and mine? What good does our vote for the Presidential Election do, if in the end, the victory goes to the politician that is chosen by the invisible hand?
This scenario reminds me of playing games with my children. Even before we start any competition, I know what the outcome is going to be. Whether I win or lose, it doesn’t depend on what happens in the game, it depends on my mood. If I’m in a giving and happy mood, I’ll let my kids win. If I’m playing soccer against one of my boys who has been a pain lately, I might want to win. The point is, I control the outcome from the beginning. My kids give all their effort, do all they can, even feel like they have control, but if I want to win, I will win in the end. I might let them score a few goals, I might even let them be ahead the whole game, but if in the end I want to win, I end up winning.
This isn’t a post about my soccer skills, it’s an attempt to truthfully reflect upon the state of our country and consider whether it’s a nation “of the people, by the people, and for the people”. Are we in control of these elections as we want to believe? Does our vote really count? It might be that our votes count, but if fraud is truly a part of the election process, I would suggest that our vote doesn’t really matter.
No one wants to be a cynic. No one wants to acknowledge the bad in people, nor the fact that this minority might be in charge of the whole game. The fact is, our country is full of wonderful citizens who are honest, God-fearing, freedom-loving people. Believing and accepting this fact does not preclude us from divulging the bad – quite the opposite ; it places upon us the responsibility of raising our voices loud and clear to defend freedom and integrity.