Benjamin S. Abalos Sr.

A long time ago, our people fought for the right of self-determination – the privilege of shaping our future ourselves. They struggled mightily for that right, and paid for it in blood, sweat, and tears.

Today, we have it easy. By simply writing names on a ballot, we can fight for the right to determine what our future will be like, and how we can get there. Through voting, we can make sure that our leaders are the ones who share our views and values leaders we can trust with everyday decisions that affect us directly and which affect the country as a whole; decisions that can be as simple as how much you should pay to send a single text message, or as deeply significant as how much getting an education cost.

But although voting is much easier than what our forefathers went through, it is no less powerful. After all, with the vote, we can put people in charge of our lives because of the positions of power that we put them in or we can kick people out of office and so send the message to them that we don’t agree with the direction they are setting for our country and our future. And that sort of power should not be wielded lightly.

Ultimately, it is the responsibility of every voter to ensure that his vote is used and used wisely. Only in this way will we, as the inheritors of the freedom secured for us by our heroes, be able to keep that freedom intact so that we too can, when our turn comes, pass on the liberties we hold so dearly whole and unbroken to our children.

(Originally posted at www.bagongbotante.com)