Resist Voter Apathy

A nonagenarian said she started not to vote at all in this upcoming election. That was until she recalled the blood, sweat and tears of persons who sacrificed that she might have the privilege of casting her vote at the ballot box. I believe the saying, “Speak now or forever hold your peace” is appropriate here. Hold your peace means the same as hold your tongue: “to keep silent or to not say anything about something.” It’s commonly heard in traditional marriage vows: Should anyone here present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace. Well, kudos to all of you who have been speaking out. This is not the time to be silent. A quote by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sums up this matter of complacency. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

Here’s a message that I’ve been ruminating on: “As a poll worker you shall see how the fervor of zealous voters impact an election. However, you shall also see how complacency abounds even in the midst of fear and agitation. How sad to know that people, even believers, have little or no fight in them.” (Received 9/12/16.)



About encourageme2

Gloria Shell Mitchell, a divorce researcher and author of The Garbage Man's Daughter book series, shares experiential knowledge of the impact of divorce on children and adults.
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