Today I will vote. I haven’t been voting long, not because of my lack of interest, but because I became an American citizen in late 2004. Prior to that, I could express my opinion and comment on candidates and issues, but I could not cast my vote. Our political system is not perfect and our elected officials often disappoint, but America is still the place where the world comes to find freedom and opportunity, and I, for one, will exercise my privilege to cast my vote. Here’s why I vote today:
To honor the lives of the men and women who fought for freedom. People have given everything so I could be free to cast my ballot.
To preserve the opportunities that the huddled masses of immigrants like me have been given over the years.
To make sure my children and their children will be able to live in the land of the free and the home of the brave.
To say to public servants that what they have done or not done is more important to me than what they have promised.
To live with the knowledge that I stood for my beliefs and didn’t abdicate my privilege.
Before becoming an American I had an opinion but I didn’t have a voice. Today, I speak only as one, but I will speak indeed.
Do you believe your vote really matters?