Wednesday, September 15, 2010

would you rather live in a society that did not have governmental elections?

Despite the fact that elections might have been overly emphasized and praised, I still believe that elections are one of the most fundamental and pivotal aspects of democracy. Therefore, I would not want to live in a society that did not have elections.
The right to vote has long been the center issue for liberalization and democratization. Every society and civilization has struggled for the right to vote. To have the right to vote meant to be recognized, valued, and heard by the ruling. Political acts started with voting right, even almost every human rights movement were started off by fighting for the right to vote. Elections not only are practical system of democracy, but also are the symbol of our possession of rights, and the meaning of life worthy of man. Elections help citizens feel a sense of responsibility for their own society in which they live and practice that responsibility in order to make better society for themselves.

I, however, do not agree with making voting mandatory. I think citizens should still have the right to choose to vote or not to vote. Not practicing the right to vote can be also a form of political acts, and I believe one should not be forced to form an opinion and to make a decision, otherwise, he or she will be more likely to make a poor choice and that will eventually work against the intended purpose. I would rather have people not vote than have them be forced and make a careless decision. Participation in political acts or civil duties should be encouraged and promoted but should not be forced on people for I personally believe that they have the right to be apathetic about politics.

In conclusion, elections, with no doubt, play a critical role and can never be taken out of democratic societies. Yet, voting should not be mandatory because it may cause a contrary effect.

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