By Stephanie Ciccarelli
November 4, 2008
If you live in the United States of America, today is the biggest, most monumental election day in generations.
Americans have a choice between electing Illinois Senator Barack Obama (Democrat) or Arizona Senator John McCain (Republican) for the office of the President of the United States.
Whoever is elected today and holds power in Washington, DC, will determine the kind of history is written for the next four years, perhaps the next eight, not just in the US but the world at large.
Wherever you are or whoever you voted for, I want to hear that you did!
Read this article and then leave a comment to let me know that you voted in your country's election, whether in the US, Canada or abroad.
Usually at VOX Daily we talk about having a voice as a means to communicate a message through a voice over recording, but let us pause to remember that sometimes having a voice isn't just about recording voice overs, it's about exercising your duty to vote and make your voice heard through the casting of a ballot.
For those of you who wonder "Am I being heard?" today is your chance to be heard, perhaps to make history.
Voting for a candidate or political party is one way to get your message across.
It is one of the oldest, most effective ways of communicating your beliefs and expressing your desire to help shape the world you live in. Through the democratic process, each vote counts and cannot be ignored.
The first democracies were formed in ancient times by wise forefathers who cared deeply about their societies and civilizations.
The Greeks in the city-state of Athens had a system, in fact the oldest democratic process on record, established in 510 BC.
Decisions were made locally regarding local matters by the people through their government.
Once this form of government took off, it eventually spread to other nations across the Mediterranean but was nearly destroyed by the Roman Empire in 100 BC. However, practices of democracy continued in Athens and in due time, democracy became a way of life for many nations in the Middle Ages, including the Italian cities of Siena, Florence, Genoa, Pisa, and Venice.
Democracy is freedom. Democracy is a gift. It is a means for you to make a difference, to have a say and to be recognized as a citizen of your country who has rights.
People suffer, fight, and die for democracy.
Millions of people around the world take up the cause of democracy and pursue it with every ounce of strength that they have to make the world a better place.
Democracy, though cherished, is sometimes taken for granted until it is threatened or taken away.
We are privileged to live in a time and place where democracy, not dictatorship or tyranny, rules over the land.
Be sure that your voice is heard.
Take responsibility and vote.
If you are of age and you don't vote, you simply do not have a voice, period, however, if you do vote, you've done your country proud and performed your patriotic duty.
Simply let me know that you vote or have voted. I'd love to see a list of passionate, concerned people here on this blog. You need not say who you voted for, but do say you vote!
Update 11:33 p.m. November 4: Congratulations to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama!
Looking forward to hearing from you,
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