Is Voting a Duty?

I really like Mike Rowe. However, I have to STENUOUSLY disagree with him when he recently wrote “Voting is a right, not a duty, and not a moral obligation.”

It is both – a right AND a duty. Along with that comes the responsibility of reading many points of view and FACT CHECKING. There are LOTS of fact checking sites out there that are dependable. Read widely. Know the party and candidates platforms. Vote for whomever is most closely aligned with your own political viewpoints…even if that person is from a third party. Even if they have no chance, the numbers will be a message to Washington. We all have a DUTY to RESEARCH, THINK and VOTE.

To quote Edmund Burke:

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.  Edmund Burke

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