Letter to the Editor: The importance of participating in the upcoming midterms

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As a life-long registered voter, it is my hope that the citizens of the United States will make the effort to vote in what many consider to be perhaps the most important election in the history of this country. Just as with my fellow countrymen, I am not satisfied with the direction our nation is going specifically when it comes to healthcare (pre-existing conditions), the economy (stagnant wages), immigration (bias), education (teacher pensions), and gun regulation (AR-15 and bump stocks). We as a society have also seen a rise in sexual harassment and abuse as well as hate directed at African Americans, Hispanics, and Jews. Frankly, this election is a clear choice between those who have never had it so good and those of us who know we can do better.

Members of the Republican Party, you have had plenty of time to help the American people and have failed them by your own choosing. The one thing that trumps capitalism and political correctness in the United States is the right to have one's voice heard. This is the foundation on which our democracy is built.

Accordingly, let the call go forth among all citizens of this country that, as brothers and sisters of democracy, voting is a start to dealing with every trial and tribulation you may encounter during the crisis facing this nation. To the people of the United States, the trumpet of freedom beckons you to exercise your suffrage and ensure your vote to preserve your sacred freedoms, promote your children's future, and retain the blessings of liberty that we all cherish.

My fellow Americans, the hour of your redemption is at hand. As you, the rightful citizens, move forward to reclaim your country, rise and vote! In the memory of those who died fighting for everyone's rights, rise, and vote! To restrain the excesses of the current occupants in the White House, rise and vote! Let no one continue to fear. Let every person be strong and push on for their freedom. Rise and vote!

Never let it be said that this was the time when the tide ran out on the United States but rather was the time when the tide came in to restore justice and fairness.

Joe Bialek is a reader of The Tartan