The debates are over. The 2012 presidential election may now be decided by those who stay home. So please — vote! And help get others out to vote!
As in other years, many are calling this election the most important ever.
The difference today – this time it’s true.
Our nation must decide between continuing a policy of central planning and growing dependency on an ever-expanding government – or halting that slide and beginning restoration of the limited government and individual liberties embodied in America’s founding documents.
Our nation’s $16 trillion national debt is rising, unless government spending is reeled in and sustainable economic growth is restored.
America’s $100 trillion in federal/state unfunded liabilities is unsustainable. This calls for serious, comprehensive, difficult and immediate entitlement reform.
America’s 23 million people looking for work and 48 million on food stamps will grow in number, unless private sector investment and job creation are enabled by pro-business policies.
The attack on America’s religious freedom will continue, unless anti-religion policies are ended.
The real, present, growing, and almost-ignored threats from abroad will lead to unprecedented global disaster, unless America recognizes and then leads in defining the threat of radical Islamism and in preventing nuclear and other WMD falling into the hands of jihadists.
Many voters remain unhappy with the political choices they have. They say they don’t “like” either candidate, or find disagreement on a few issues. Others are either apathetic or in denial about the profound difference this election will make. Thus millions are considering sitting this one out.
But if good men and women do nothing, we risk the end of America’s global leadership and the security of the Free World in the process.
Would any reasonable person stand by and watch his/her children and grandchildren drown? Well if there’s no change in America’s direction, future generations will drown in unsustainable debt and a sea of government dependency. And they will be denied the American Dream for which others sacrificed lives and limbs to preserve.
If one’s house was on fire, would they go back to sleep? Of course not! So please don’t just vote; encourage others to do likewise too. Help them understand that voting is a duty.
Ask them which candidate is more likely to restore and preserve the God-given liberties for which so many gave so much.
Ask them what kinds of Supreme Court judges the two candidates would select – to shape our nation for the next few decades. Remind them that Justices Ginsburg (81), Scalia (78), Kennedy (76), and Breyer (76) have all suggested they will retire before the 2016 election.
Beyond voting, we must boldly discuss our own choices with others in our lives. We must do our best to educate, reason with, and help convince them to vote.
You either vote as an American or defer as un-American! Those who don’t vote don’t deserve to call themselves Americans. Plus they forfeit their right to complain about the outcomes.
How can anyone acknowledge 9/11, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Independence Day and Pearl Harbor Day and then not vote? How can anyone who celebrates Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter or goes to church or synagogue, if only for baptisms, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs and funerals, not understand that our religious liberties are being threatened?
Those who don’t vote or refuse to discuss why they are voting are poor examples for younger generations. If millions of contributors to society remain silent while millions of “takers” support the progressive agenda, the nation we know and love is finished.
One doesn’t have to be enthusiastic about the candidates. One simply has to select the candidates who would best lead America in restoring prosperity at home and leadership worldwide.
There is no place for “I’ll think about voting.” Or “I don’t like either candidate.” Or “My vote won’t matter.”
Just do your duty and vote!
Tymann retired as President of Westinghouse International, where he led business development and government relations in 75 nations. Email him at email@example.com.