Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

If all mankind minus one, were of one opinion, and only one person were of the contrary opinion, mankind would be no more justified in silencing that one person, than he, if he had the power, would be justified in silencing mankind. 

– John Stuart Mill, philosopher

Weekly Wisdom – The Penny Mason Post

Better to show up than to give up.

-Bernie Sanders

Though your favorite candidate, whoever that might be, from whatever party, may have dropped out, don’t forget to vote! It’s the easiest chance each of us has, as a citizen, to change things.

A New Generation of Voters Offers Hope

I strive to keep this column light and upbeat, so normally refrain from political commentary.

But I must mention my fervent hope that younger voters of all political parties show up at the polls tomorrow for the primaries, in the fall for the presidential race – and always for the state and local issues. It’s the younger generations who will be most effected by the outcome, and they are more wise than we realize.

Many of us are disenchanted with what goes on in government. But whatever one’s age, disillusionment is not a reason to avoid voting.

No, it’s not fair that the entire country cannot vote simultaneously for candidates in the primary. We all deserve a chance to vote for our candidate of choice, not just the ones who win contests in the states that vote first.

Yes, the entire election system must be modernized, to eliminate policies of unfairness.

But ceasing to vote will not remedy these issues. It will only serve to lessen our rights as individual citizens.

So, especially if you are young, but no matter your age, please head to the polls. Wear a mask and gloves if you have concerns about the risk of contracting coronavirus.

Just remember to take some time to be informed about implications of candidates and issues. Elections shouldn’t be popularity contests, or name recognition tests.

Neither should political parties separate us; we must make decisions on issues based upon individual thought processes. Our focus should be upon the unselfish goal of choosing what’s fair for each and every one of us.