Here it is, Election Day. You know what to do. And for those who would allow their civic duty to be circumvented by the annoying robo-calls, the nasty political ads, and the heated rhetoric that clouds civil discourse.
In Afghanistan, the government is constantly accused of corruption. The Taliban threaten voters with mutilation and death, and take special measures to prevent women from exercising their rights.
Yet many do.
In Iraq, while US-led combat forces were conducting operations, people faced the threat of violence to elect a parliament in 2005.
Everyday people have fought for their rights at the ballot box in Ukraine, Liberia, Angola, Sierre Leone, and Chile.
All over the world, people have faced down the barrel of a gun or the barricades of corrupt regimes, just to vote. Many of them had to get to work, pick up the kids, and make it home for dinner, too. Perhaps we don’t need to summon up their bravery to make it to the polls. But we can surmount the little hurdles in our way without too much whining, right?