“Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven.”
~ Pierre Corneille
I invoke this quote from Pierre Corneille, a French playwright, to compel you to believe it is your duty to watch Mitt Romney’s nomination acceptance speech tonight at the Republican National Convention.
If it was already on your evening schedule, this post is not for you.
But if you didn’t even know the Republicans were meeting this week, or you didn’t know Romney was speaking tonight or you don’t know who Mitt Romney is, please reconsider your decision to watch “Project Runway” or enjoy Thirsty Thursday specials at the local watering hole. (I will, however, permit you to tape Heidi Klum & company — that’s what I’m doing — or watch Romney while imbibing — I might be doing that, too.)
Mitt Romney is the Republicans’ candidate for president. A six-word resumé for him would be this: High-powered businessman, former governor, multi-millionaire, Mormon. The back story: Romney, who battled it out in the most exciting Republican primary elections in ages, is running against Democrat Barack Obama, who is attempting to secure a second term as president. The election is in 67 short days on Nov. 6.
I completely understand why you think your vote doesn’t matter or why you might believe all politicians are greedy and deceitful or why politics is more boring than watching paint dry.
But I think voting is a privilege and a duty of being an American, and if you’re going to vote, you really ought to be informed. A lot of other campaigns may be boring and not worth watching (such as the one for village clerk or state representative), but determining who the man who becomes president of the United States is important.
Who is in charge might not make any difference in the country’s direction, but I’m with Corneille: Do your duty, and leave the rest to heaven.
I am not here promoting either candidate, only that a citizen’s minimum effort in electing a president should include:
- Watching Romney’s speech.
- Watching Obama’s speech next Thursday.
- Watching at least part of one presidential debate.
- Voting on Nov. 6.
This is not too much to ask in return for the American infrastructure and freedoms you enjoy every day.
To conclude today’s lesson, I will invoke another Corneille quote:
“All evils are equal when they are extreme.”
~ Pierre Corneille