By: Alex Morales-Hernandez, Guest Contributor
After more than 21 years in the military, and most of them spent abroad, I was one of those people who thought that my vote didn’t count. I guess I was wrong!
Shortly after my retirement, I started to pay more attention to what was happening to our county and realized that I was guilty about the same things I was complaining about.
I was always saying why should I care since, at the end of the day, nothing is going to change, etc. Well, I realize that that is exactly what the people in power want you to think.
After serving in countries where freedom of speech is suppressed, I now clearly see that, not only is it my responsibility, but also my duty as a citizen to go and vote.
You may ask, why now? It is simple.
The principals that I swear to protect with my life are now vanishing in front of my eyes, just because the ones that know the system and know that the majority of the people will not exercise such right, will continue to take advantage of this great nation. Hence, the reason our elected representatives do not reflect our society.
Ironically, others will die to have this right that we take for granted. So, I will suggest this... let’s all exercise our right to be heard and get involved in our local communities; as a result, we will start enabling change.
I genuinely believe that 99 percent of Americans all want to provide for their families and be able to have a decent life for themselves and their loved ones. We don’t have to agree on everything; however, I do believe that we must respect each other as human beings.
Understanding this will bridge our differences.
The world is changing regardless of whether we want it or not, and if we don’t evolve, we will be left behind. So, I encourage everyone to take some time and challenge what you see on tv, on the internet, or what someone may say.
Do your research, make your judgment, and exercise your right to vote, which many have died for. You will see that, no matter what the circumstances may be, your voice does and will matter.
About the Author: Alex Morales-Hernandez is a Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces. He is also the President and CEO of EEC Solutions. You can visit his website at www.dbaeecsolutions.com