Dear Americans – ‘keepers of the flame of liberty’, political, cultural and intellectual leaders of the world – at this moment more than any other in your history, it is time to realise that these are not simply pretty concepts that make you feel good.
I know you are proud of being American: proud of your position in the world. And rightly so. But everything comes at a price and world leadership is no exception. It is a serious reality that you have chosen to take upon yourselves, and in so choosing, you must also accept the heavy and inescapable responsibilities it entails.
It is therefore not good enough to regard your upcoming elections with such apathy, ignorance or hostility that you fail to vote. You live in a democracy – government by the people. You choose by a majority vote the members of your governing body, and who you choose will affect the rest of the world directly and indirectly for years to come. You may not like this responsibility, but frankly, that’s just too bad. You like the pride in your nation well enough. You can’t have one without the other.
You owe it to the rest of us to put your money where your mouth is, and VOTE.