Daily Archives: November 5, 2012

Americans must practice vigilance through voting

If I were to ever get a tattoo, it’d say, “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” Nothing better sums up, in my mind, how crucial it is to vote in not only this election, but in every election.

Those seven words are engraved upon the statue of a grim Roman warrior sitting outside the National Archives in Washington, D.C. His left hand clutches a sword, his right hand holds a helmet, and a lion’s pelt drapes over his arm — all to convey that power must be checked at every turn by a diligent and watchful public.

I contend that, at every turn, we have failed to check the powers we’ve granted government. Only about two-thirds of our voting-age population shows up to vote every four years, and even fewer people vote in the congressional elections held every two years, according to a George Mason University study — and it shows. Continue reading