Editorial: Liberty begins at the ballot box

Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 05:42 PM.

Our government started with a simple concept that all are created equal, and as such, we have certain rights that include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

It’s definitely a noble cause. But through the course of history, our government has become bogged down and stagnant, unable to move in a sea of red tape and political rhetoric. It wouldn’t surprise us to hear politicians argue about the color of the sky.

The consequences of the ineffectiveness in Washington weigh down nearly everyone in this country. Few seem to have respect for government or government officials, with some feeling the system is so broken that it can’t be fixed. Many have given up trying.

Where that surrender comes into play is at the ballot box. We are in the middle of a Primary Election. Early voting continues through Saturday, leading up to Election Day on Tuesday. The sad truth is that the overwhelming majority of people will not vote by Tuesday. The reasons may be many.

First and foremost could be voter fatigue, from everything bad that is happening in Washington to negative campaign advertising. Others, as mentioned earlier, may feel there is no use in voting, as nothing will ever change.

But the thing to remember is that most of the people running for elected office in this year’s election will not be serving in Washington. Granted the U.S. Senate and U.S. House races are the more prominent ones on the ballot, but here locally voters will decide on a Craven County sheriff and a Craven County commissioner. We argue these two elected positions will have more of an impact on your day-to-day lives than any Washington politician.

Beyond that, there are also N.C. Senate and House candidates on the ballot, and they certainly have an impact locally, such as with ferry tolls and money to help protect Cherry Point from federal budget cuts.

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