[slab_h5][slabtext]”For lack of guidance a nation falls,[/slabtext][slabtext]but victory is won through many advisers.” [/slabtext][slabtext]- Proverbs 11:14[/slabtext][/slab_h5]
During the 2012 general election, about 93 million Americans who were eligible to vote stayed home and didn’t bother voting. Think about that for a second. Almost half of eligible voters (American citizens over the age of 18 who are not rendered ineligible by their states’ laws on felonies and such) stayed home. They didn’t feel that it was important to take a few minutes (maybe an hour here and there) and vote.
What we are seeing now, the shutdown of the government and the unwillingness of either side to give in to the demands of the other (especially the fanatical demands of wanting to repeal “Obamacare”), is all our own fault. If we don’t vote, all of us, these things will happen. Why? Because the law of averages kicks in and Congress will truly reflect the will of the people. And, in the event that these shenanigans do happen, Congress will think twice before upsetting 100% of their constituents, not just the vociferous 30%.
All of us need to be the advisers of our nation.
René F. Najera, DrPH
I'm a Doctor of Public Health, having studied at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
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