As I was watching thinking about the presidential debate, I remembered our class discussion of what it means to be an American. I remembered the tenets of American life that we discussed. We Americans are allowed to speak freely and enjoy many rights, but we do not always exercise them. One right that that I feel is the hallmark of being an American is having the right to vote. In our country, women and African Americans have struggled for this right; women have not even been able to exercise this right for 100 years. In other countries, people are still fighting and dying to vote. To me, the fact that many Americans do not vote at all is absurd. It is true that in not exercising their right to vote, they are exercising their right to make their own decisions, but given how important voting is in deciding the future of our country, and how lucky we Americans are to live in a country where our government’s authority is based on the will of the people, every able-bodied person should be lining up at the voting booths to decide who will run this country for the next four years. Why do you think people do not vote? How can we make a difference and get the vote out? Is there something we as a class could do?
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