I understand, it isn’t campaigning season yet–although it sure seems like it in America, we are reminded constantly of the faults of other candidates and the high-esteem of few. The weary soul has a difficult time going through this process of US democracy we call campaigning.
So here I stand as an advocate for the democratic process and how every citizen that can ought to vote. According to the American Presidency Project only 54% of the voting age population in America went to vote in the 2012 presidential election. It is amazing to me–perhaps because I am a Political Science nerd–that we don’t have a greater turnout. After further reflection, though, I am able to see that people have ‘bigger fish to fry’ on November 4th than to vote in an election where they don’t feel that their vote is political efficacious/effective. What does it take to make people understand that their civil participation is an imperative in a world where democracy is being second-guessed daily in other countries? We must feel empowered so that we bother to take some time out of a November day to vote.
So let’s say you aren’t buying my “let your voice be heard” soapbox…
So let’s dial in a lil’ bit of magisterium to influence your day.
CCC 2240: “Submission to authority and co-responsibility for the common good make it morally obligatory to pay taxes, to exercise the right to vote, and to defend one’s country”
Morally obligatory….those are fighting words…
And CCC 2239 says “The love and service of one’s country follow from the duty of gratitude and belong to the order of charity. Submission to legitimate authorities and service of the common good require citizens to fulfill their roles in the life of the political community.”
Read: voting is a political action a citizen needs to fulfill.
The United States–and the rest of the world– will be continually challenged to face some crucial political issues in these coming years and having more people of faith at the polls, the more fluid the process we call democracy will be.
So consider this your call to action to be a politically participative citizen!
PS-for those in different countries than the US…this is what our 2016 election cycle is looking like.