I do not disagree with Shawn Blanc about many things, but this specific line from a recent article of his made me stop in my tracks:
Voting is an immeasurable privilege and honor.
No. Voting is not either of these things in the US. It's a right.
The only case you could give for voting being a privilege is when comparing the US to a country without voting — in that case, it is certainly an improvement; a privilege in comparison. But an honour? More of a duty, if anything.
I'm sure getting carried away in the moment and feeling like voting was making a difference may have spurred Shawn to exaggerate a little with his words, which is understandable. I am not trying to speak for him, however. That would be unwise and unfair.
I always want to hear feedback and criticism when I write anything — especially anything controversial — and I hope I'm not offending anyone by pointing this out.
We should all be careful when discussing voting and placing too much trust and power in the hands of government.
I've recently been reading some Thomas Jefferson quotes and I feel this line of his is appropriate:
“When the people fear the government there is tyranny, when the government fears the people there is liberty.”