I am not here to say who to vote for, I am here to challenge our system to make it mandatory. I am also here to challenge all of us. If you want to have a drivers license and assume you now have the right to drive on good roads, well, we should have the right to insist you vote first. If you want to be able to rush into an emergency room and be attended to, well, we should have the right to insist you understand the health choices and vote accordingly. If you feel a police person or fire person should be at your house within minutes of your 911 call, then we should insist you understand and vote accordingly for the laws of our country. The same goes for education; equal rights; employment; water; environment; etc.
“We” being the people who live and work in the USA – the people who respect how lucky we are to live in a country where we have choices.
Do you remember the millions of people who stood in a line for days to vote for President Nelson Mandela? Each one of those people changed history? The above painting is on a building in South Africa to remind all who live there the importance of voting.
I shall end by stating we should also make it mandatory to bring back some patriotic pride. Stop putting our own country down, or feeling ashamed or less than. I always call myself Zimbabwean, and I am also very proud to be an American Citizen. When I lived in Africa and worked in philanthropy, the most generous country was always America. Many of my closest friends, not to mention my immediate family are American. Curious, funny, smart and above all compassionate.
Come on America! Let’s please wake up (again) to how voting literally changes the course of history, raise a full (uncracked) glass to progress and remember just how lucky we are. We must never ever have the low turn out we did yesterday. Onwards… – C
ps. No, I do not have the answers. I have no idea how one might structure this? Of course there should be education, and tests – like we have to become a citizen; or how we are informed in Jury Duty; or have to have pass a test to get a license to drive. It is probably very complicated, but then again, it could create new jobs and new ways to truly inform people. Austraila has mandatory voting and it works exceptionally well. I look forward to peoples thinking on this.