Our voting rights and responsibilities
A letter submitted to the Summit Daily by Jeannie Leads of Silverthorne and published in the newspaper’s August 27 edition

As American citizens, we have the cherished right to vote. And, as citizens, we have the imperative duty to be informed about the candidates, issues and events that will impact the future of this republic for our children, grandchildren and all who follow.

Thomas Jefferson, one of our visionary Founding Fathers, once wrote, “Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government; … whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

Our nation is now at a critical crossroad. Internationally, hostile foreign governments are aggressively building their military capabilities, and dangerous radical ideologies are threatening our way of life. Nationally, political corruption permeates every level of government, and the media has openly become an instrument of propaganda rather than a “watchdog” for “The People”. Our national debt is approaching levels that may soon become insurmountable. And the U.S. Constitution – the supreme law of the land that protects the unalienable, God-given rights of every individual – is under attack.

So what must we do as responsible citizens? We must make sincere efforts to research and learn the truth. We must seek out a variety of news sources that offer different points of view and report a wide variety of current events. We need to evaluate the fairness of news and editorial comments. We need to view candidates’ speeches live or on You Tube to learn what candidates actually say, rather than rely on biased reports of their messages. For in-depth information, we can visit the websites of a variety of think tanks to learn about issues that concern us. We need to think independently, respect diverse opinions, and not be led by others.

What legacy do we want to leave for our children and grandchildren? It is our civic duty to be informed. The future of this blessed nation is in our hands.

Printed with permission of the author