Editorial – 2012 Elections: You can’t win if you don’t play

By The Candor Editorial Staff

It’s election year. It seems as though every four years, the competition gets more intense, the stakes are higher, issues are more controversial, and the people expect more. This year, everyone seems to have something to complain about with regards to candidates, which is completely understandable in my opinion. However, what frustrates me to the core is the fact that that’s all people do: complain. Complain, and simply do nothing about it.

This brings me to my main point: voting. Voting allows the people, us, to not only voice our opinions but to actually have an opinion. The United States uniquely presents the opportunity for the general public to have a voice, to have a say in what happens in the next four years, a luxury most other countries don’t have.

Yet many Americans don’t take advantage of this privilege. We sit at home and watch debates, criticizing such and such, cursing so and so, and when election day comes, we completely ignore it. Worse yet, many Americans, especially students, are completely ignorant of the candidates, their policies and initiatives.

Sometimes we fail to realize that such policies impact us daily. Elected officials make decisions about how our society will expand and restrain the freedoms of American citizens. The drinking age, the age at which you can get a driver’s license, health insurance policies, and the amount of money teachers receive are some of the decisions made by candidates. As CongressLink effectively states, “voting does not guarantee that one’s preferences will prevail, but choosing not to vote denies a person one of they key tools of having a say in a democracy.”

The Candor firmly believes that it is our duty, and in our best interests really, as American students to register to vote and actually vote! If you’re not sure of what’s going on politically, take an initiative to read some articles and watch the news. I promise, it will only benefit you in the end.