Letter to the editor: Vote, use or lose it
The greatest gift that America has given to the world is democracy. We forget how the world used to be, not that long ago - monarchs, emperors, dictators, and other autocrats ruled by their personal whim of the moment, without regard to the terrible consequences and hardships they caused.
In many countries, when people finally get the chance to vote, they turn out in great numbers for the opportunity to cast a ballot, standing in line for hours, sometimes risking serious injury or death from government troops or political opponents.
They want a voice in their government; they want stability in their political and economic environment. Even if their candidate loses, peace is maintained and it is possible to try again next time, and work for change in a civilized way while you are waiting.
We now have a candidate for President who considers this democratic process to be contemptible, and who can’t wait to become the autocrat of the world.
He says his first act will be to to throw his political opponents in jail, followed by tyranny at home and foreign wars with their accompanying price tag. Astonishingly, he has a devoted following of people who think this is wonderful.
The rest of us - who are deeply grateful for the chance to live in America and enjoy the benefits of a constitution that limits the power of those who govern - need to be sure to vote. It’s our greatest freedom - use it or lose it.
Pam Gordon, Prescott