by MARGARET REEVE PANAHI
We are a country of millions who are united together, as a whole democracy. Our laws have been made to guarantee our ability to vote and have our thoughts through this means to create a stronger nation. There have been many arguments, struggles, and even deaths to bring us to this place. I feel privileged to do this and responsible also, to contribute to the society that I am a part of.
I wish that there was encouragement of all citizens to vote, but instead we have great pressure now to deny and exclude some of our neighbors from being able to do this. It is a crime to intimidate, or misuse free voting in our country. I hope that we all will contribute to prevent and stop this vile trend. The ACLU, Common Cause, and the FBI have declared support for our continued ability to vote, and to have it be counted fairly. We may need more help than that, but on an individual level, I found a quote from Menachem Mendel Schneerson about this.
“Sometimes we will see the effect of our help, but often we will not; it doesn’t matter. We may feel frustrated and helpless, as if we had been asked to move the entire ocean one spoonful at a time. But it is not only the result that counts; it is your effort, and the sincerity behind the efforts, that fulfills your innate need to be responsible. And ultimately, every effort does bear fruit.” p. 247, Toward a Meaningful Life.