It was an interesting column Robert Levy wrote for The Pilot recently, “Why I’ll Be Casting a Vote on Dec. 17” (Dec. 9).
His lament for having to drive to Raleigh to legally cast a vote in a losing cause was sad indeed. He explained in detail the penalties he would incur if he didn’t vote. If only this practice could be invoked nationwide. “Voting is mandatory.” Imagine: If you don’t vote, you’ll be fined.
His vote for North Carolina is akin to winning the battle but losing the war. What is missing is his lament for those outside of N.C. who did not have the courteous treatment, easy access to the voting process, and a needed myriad of documentation to be afforded the privilege of casting their ballot.
What is missing is, that with his desire to create a spark of interest in the democratic process in his daughter, he neglected to emphasize that democracy is the voice of the people, not the wishes of a few demanding their way.
Democracy’s strength is a middle class that can aspire to something better, a vision that there is something better on the horizon instead of the land of NO. It is not a process where the working class is only a vehicle to greater profit for the few demanding their way.
Mr. Levy’s lament will be even greater after the 2014 elections if the GOP doesn’t change and aspire to govern by the voice of the people instead of the elect few.
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