Voting for the least offensive and corrupt candidate is still a vote for an offensive, corrupt candidate. So, I exercised my right not to vote. I’m not anti-American because I chose not to support a candidate that I not only disagree with, but whose demeanor in general makes me feel like I’m taking a bath in jalapeno juice. But this piece is about why I chose to not vote, not why I agree or disagree with either candidate’s stance on the issues.
People have said to me, “Can’t believe you’re not voting. Men have died to protect your right to vote.”
Yes, one of the many freedoms our soldiers preserve is the right to vote, but there are many more freedoms I hold dear in addition to the right to cast my vote such as the right to bear arms and to freely worship whichever Deity I choose.
My grandfather was in the Air Force, my son’s in the National Guard and I value their service. I do not disparage those who voted for candidates I didn’t agree with and I wish those same people would respect my choice to support none of the Presidential hopefuls.
Sure, one of the candidates is going to win, but should the voting crowd try to bully me into voting for the least offensive of the two and call me an uncaring citizen when I choose to abstain? I say no.
The image of my grandfather’s flag-covered casket reminds me life’s too short to try to please everyone. Therefore, I vote to live my life by supporting only those individuals who, I believe, truly possess integrity and speak their truth on the issues. This vote supports my own values and is a vote I am comfortable making.
With that being said, the professed Pro-Life candidate crossed the finish line first. I hear the unborn children cheering for that victory. I hope that his declarations were made in truth so that all citizens in America can flourish, not only those in the womb.
A society is only as vivacious as it’s appreciation for not only all life, but for all potential life. When the bough of the tree of knowledge breaks, the cradle will fall.
Michele Zirkle Marcum is a native of Meigs County, author of “Rain No Evil” and host of Life Speaks on AIR radio.