Voting is important. But it does not define your freedom. You could vote for a fascist. You could vote for a Communist. You can vote for a tyrant who will (you think) give you something for nothing, while enslaving your neighbor to provide you with that something. None of that is freedom, and none of that is fair or just. Voting is just as often part of the problem, as part of the solution.
What defines your freedom? Your inalienable rights. America’s Bill of Rights embodies many of them: the right to free speech, the right to physically arm and protect yourself (from criminals or government), the right to due process and equal treatment under the law. The bottom line: You are sovereign over your life, your mind, your body and your SELF. There is no sanity or mental health without that freedom, although freedom cannot guarantee mental health; it can only make it possible. America was founded on the idea of individual rights; not the “right” of one pressure group to tyrannize or enslave a different pressure group, as it works today.
When you vote, you ought to choose the people who best uphold RIGHTS. Not the fascists, the Communists, the COVID tyrants, the Marxists, the looter supporters, nor many of the other sorry choices we now have. Vote like your rights and life depends on it. Vote like it might be your last time. Because given many of today’s candidates, it might be.
Michael J. Hurd