March 5, 2002 was election day. On that day, the bodies of a number of Americans, who had died in a “fire fight” in Afghanistan trying to recover the body of a Navy Seal, were being flown back to the U.S. for burial. They and their families had sacrificed everything.On that same day, fewer than 40% of registered voters and 30% of eligible voters were willing to take time from their “pursuits of happiness” to vote. It was too big a sacrifice.
Our unwillingness to take on the responsibilities of citizenship to keep this nation free is the single most important issue we face. Edmund Burke has it right when he said – “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing”. Too many of us aren’t doing enough. (March 2002)