VOTING RIGHTS and INSPIRING AMERICA

A RIGHT, A PRIVILEGE, AND A GREAT HONOR. A GOOD CITIZEN’S THOUGHTS ON VOTER ENGAGEMENT 2012, CHICAGO STYLE.

Ever since I was of voting age, I have taken that right (duty might be a better word) seriously. It always seemed important to participate in the election process and learn more about our government, the concept of government, and find ways to improve it while participating in the process. 

The graphic features an original idea I had while pondering the concept of voting and speaking out and, the word “advocate”, as the latter had been so widely used regarding issues of great importance in the news.

The root of words such as voice, vote, advocate, and invoke, is “vox”, which is Latin for voice and found in popular phrases such as “Vox humana”, or “Vox populi”, the voice of the people. The symbolism is plain: hearing your inner voice, hearing someone calling to you means there is something being said, a vocalization, a use of speech, which is one of our most prized freedoms and rights.

The phrase “speak with your vote” is a fine play on words and concepts. When you are not satisfied with the way your elected (and keep that in mind- your elected) officials are conducting themselves or the business for which they were sent to office, you can let them know with that right to vote, how displeased you are with what they are (or are not) doing. You can do the country a great service by exercising your privileges as a citizen, and doing so with dignity and respect.

Divi Logan and EDUSHIRTS, Nashville and Chicago, 2004 – 2012. Please use the e-mail address d308gtb289@aol.com for correspondence with the author. Courtesy counts. Thank you for cooperating.

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