Rule of the apathetic, not majority

Our Government is built on participation

A quote from Thomas Jefferson was used in a previous used in a post.

“We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.”

This is particularly true within election cycles.

In the 2012 Presidential Election, the Bipartisan Policy Center reports that only 57.5% of eligible voters actually turned out for the General Election. This represents a 4.8% dip from the 2008 Presidential Election. This is typical of presidential elections. But in a system where only 67.7% of citizens are eligible and 57.5% of eligible voters actually participate, the 2012 Presidential Election represents only 38.9% of the general populations of citizen’s interests.

This is a frightening statistic to this writer. Despite having only about 40% of eligible voters participate during the 2012 Presidential Election (about 212,700,000 people), every man, woman and child is required to live with the results.

It is frustrating to think that no matter the outcome of an election that one is stuck with the results.

But it is more frustrating to this writer that people think that they are powerless to change the outcome of elections or that people complain about the status quo when they take no initiative to make attempts to change their environment.

In truth, we have the rule of the apathetic, not a majority.

Why you should participate

The argument that “one vote makes a difference” can be called naïve and laughable. This is true. One vote represents only one three hundredth of a million of a percent in a national election. But that ought not dissuade participation in elections. Not voting because it won’t make a difference is like saying there is no point in living because everyone dies. It is an argument that says that one contribution is so tiny that it doesn’t matter.

But the fact is this: it matters.

Roughly 200 million people in 2012 decided that they were going to represent their own interests and vote for a candidate that they could live with. Are their opinions any better than yours? No! No one opinion is of no better.

Franklin D. Roosevelt echoed a similar sentiment in 1938 at a speech given at Marietta, Ohio.

“Let us not be afraid to help each other—let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and Senators and Congressmen and Government officials but the voters of this country.”

In the context of this quote, not voting is like giving up our right to govern ourselves. Affecting change starts with a group of individuals who take action. It is simple as that. If one doesn’t act, one can’t expect any change that they would want.

What now?

Many people act because they don’t know what to do. The rest of the article will consist of links and explanations of each link as it concerns to helping people get involved.

This is a link to register to vote online in the State of Utah: https://secure.utah.gov/voterreg/index.html

This is a link to election information in the State of Utah: http://elections.utah.gov/

This is a link that will help you link to any other states or US Territories for voter registration: http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/register_to_vote.aspx

Finally, one can always come to the Provo Victory Center to get more involved. We are located at 249 N University Avenue Provo, Utah 84601. Email us at provovictorycenter@utgop.org with any questions.

 

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