How Much Do You Value Your Freedom of Speech?
by Joanne Troppello
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”
I was never one very inclined to politics. I thought the subject was boring and did not apply to me. Sure, I learned in school about the different branches of government and I even enjoyed my class on Legal Education.
However, when I came of voting age, I’m embarrassed to admit now that I never registered to vote. I had the mindset that the Government was a smooth-running machine and it didn’t need me to cast a vote.
Would my vote make a difference—especially with the institution of the Electoral College—and that as a citizen I don’t even have a direct vote for the President and Vice President? I mean really, these representatives can constitutionally vote for anyone they want to. They don’t have to vote for the candidates that the voters vote for.
My husband came from a totally different mindset. I think he was surprised that I was not a registered voter and that I’ve never voted before, but he just explained why he thought it was important to exercise this right as an American.
So, after we got married, I registered to vote—and Lol subsequently got called for jury duty four times in the 6 ½ years that we’ve been married. Maybe, subconsciously, that’s why I never registered to vote!!
I always considered myself a Republican, even though I was not a registered voter. The one issue that I have been interested in is that I am pro-life. So, I figured that many Republicans take this stance, especially the conservative ones, and then I should “be” a Republican.
Though still, I didn’t vote.
During the 2008 election, I became very interested in politics and the political campaigning that went on. My husband and I watch the news a lot and try to keep up to date on what is going on in the government.
We never go to political rallies, but we decided to go to Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally on 8/28/10. It was awesome to see people from all over this great country coming together in peace because they want to restore honor in their lives and turn back to God.
I believe that everyone has a right to his or her own opinion and that he or she can speak that opinion freely. That’s the beauty of FREEDOM of SPEECH. I love this country and love my God and want to make a difference in this world, even if it’s only something small like expressing my thoughts and ideas in writing here at Mustard Seed Sentinel and in my books.
That’s why I vote now, because I can and because I need to.
If I don’t vote, who will? That’s the mindset we need to have. Just imagine if we ALL said oh my vote doesn’t count and no one went to the polls.
What message does that send to the Government? It says that you can have carte blanche and ram down any laws into our throats that you want to.
Isn’t it time for a voting revolution? Yes, I did mean revolution, but a peaceful one that takes us back to the principles of our Founding Fathers. Isn’t it time to get back to the Constitution?
Regardless of whether or not you and I believe the same thing, it doesn’t matter. That’s the FREEDOM of living in this great country.
No one can tell you how to live your life in the pursuit of happiness ~ no one can tell you what religion to practice or to believe or not believe in God ~ no one can stop your peaceable assemblies ~ no one can stop you from petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances, even if they think you’re only “astroturf” and not a real grassroots movement.
Forget all the negative attack ads and do your own research on whom you think is the right candidate for the job. Not everyone in Washington or those who want to get there are evil. There has to be someone that you can vote for. If there isn’t, then maybe the day will come when true people of integrity will rise up and run for office.
Make your vote count! The Progressive voting machine certainly will make their votes count. And that’s okay, because we live in a free country and everyone has their own choices to make. One man or woman can make all the difference!
Will you be that person?
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, internet and media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter.