Risking all to cast a vote

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Anyone who sits home during elections in this country should take a long, hard look at the coverage of the Afghanistan vote during the weekend.

Millions of Afghans ignored threats of violence to stand for hours in a cold rain to cast their ballot in their national election.

These people appreciate the democracy many Canadians take for granted.

They put themselves at risk of being shot or bombed so they can be a part of choosing who will run their poor, war-ravaged country.

Stack that up against those of us who don’t take the opportunity to cast a ballot in this peaceful country.

We don’t have to worry that when we leave home to vote we won’t return because of violence.

We can jump into our comfortable vehicles, go into a warm and comfortable polling station, get paid time off from work and are done in a few minutes.

And still too many of us can’t manage to drum up enough interest in our futures to go and vote.

We leave it to someone else to choose who will run our communities, our province and our country.

Then these same people are the first to gripe when things don’t go the way they think they should.

The next time there is an election, think about the brave people of Afghanistan who appreaciate the opportunity to vote freely for those they think will do the best job for them and their families.

We Canadians have had it too good for too long, and don’t know how good we have it.

Geographic location: Afghanistan

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