Editorial - 11/5/12 - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Editorial - 11/5/12

One of the most tangible expressions of American freedom is our right, and with it, our duty, to vote.  But with voting, comes responsibility.  Actually knowing what or whom you're voting for, rather than simply going robotically through the motions, much like the legendary-lemmings, who, regardless, mindlessly follow the leader, even over a cliff.  With that latter concern in mind, President Franklin Roosevelt believed that (quote): "Democracy can't succeed, unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely."  Then, centuries before, on the seriousness of the voting privilege, Founding Father Samuel Adams stated, as amended,  (quote):  "Let each citizen remember, at the moment he or she is offering their vote, that they are executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society, for which they are accountable to God and country."   Both now and for future generations, the responsibility for maintaining God's mighty gifts of freedom and independence rests with those holding the power to vote.  And to do so with clarity, placing the welfare of America well above advantage or gain for self.  That's what ultimately binds these United States.  As with President Kennedy's poignant challenge, our role is to continually ask what we can do for our nation.  Voting is the key way we participate in our governance.  Consider what's best for America.  Then vote. But do vote.

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