A Sophisticate Votes

"Voting changes two options into one choice" Sophisticate in the Suburbs

From 1848 to 1920 women fought for the right to vote. The fight was not to vote. The right to vote meant that the opportunity  to be in control of their own destiny. 

Women suffered for a choice. They suffered what they believed in and their freedom. They suffered not to vote, they suffered for the freedom to own property, to hold a job, to have an education, and to have the same opportunities that were available to white men. 

The fight to the right to vote was the fight to choose or control one's own destiny. A Sophisticate doesn't vote for the candidates themselves but for laws that she believes in and supports.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Thomas Jefferson

In the 21st Century, a Sophisticate is bound by nothing. She can be whatever she wants to be and do whatever she wants to do legally. What does voting mean in the 21st Century now that a Sophisticate has control over her destiny? Does it mean that she votes for the rights she doesn't have like equal pay? In the 21st Century, she has the freedom to vote or not to vote in order for her voice to be heard.

“A man who wants to make a relationship work will move mountains to keep the woman he loves” Greg Behrendt, "He's Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys" 

When a Sophisticate dates or finds "the one" the two most  pieces of advice include  1- Demand the love you deserve. 2- Actions speak louder than words. If a Sophisticate follows these two pieces advice in dating and love, why not the politics that effect her life and her future?

"The problem is not with the politicians but the politics.The problem is not what is being said, the problem is what is not being said. The problem is not what is being done, the problem is what is not being done." Sophisticate in the Suburbs 

My high exceptions after reading about past Presidents made me cynical and critical of modern day politics.  I remember walking into my apartment complex where someone was running for Congress. He gave me a flyer and I asked him point blank what is your action plan for the next few years. He looked at me dumbfounded. I gave him back the flyer and walked away. I wasn't even asking him how he could help me, I was merely looking for a plan. His response and blank stare was enough of a reason for me to walk away.  I didn't vote for him or anyone. 

In business, if you don't have a plan or don't execute you are fired. On average, people are promoted for execution to achieve results not have merely plans. In business, if you don't have a plan, you don't have a job. 

Yet, politicians are the exception to the rule. They do not do the work beyond a flyers and speeches to show they want me to vote for them, they don't execute, and they don't lead. Why should I vote?  Why should I make an effort if they don't? Remembering a story of John Adams traveling several days in the snow to be at a meeting that affected the decision making that would effect the future of a young nation. A man who traveled to other countries asking for money so the American people could have freedom. Even Alexander Hamilton who worked until he helped the U.S. to become debt-free after The Revolutionary War a feat yet to be accomplished. 

Those men worked for the vote of the American people. Leaders like Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King, Jr. should have been President because they worked for the freedom of the American people. I would have voted for those individuals.

"We vote for politicians. We idolize leaders. We elect policitians. We build monuments for leaders" Sophisticate in the Suburbs.

Living in DC I pass monuments of leaders of the past and experience the present fear and invisible wall that exists between the United States government and the regular people. There are the "haves" and "have nots". Those in government "have" and are the elite, upper class that do not mingle with the common people. Unfortunately, that has been the case since George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. From the beginning how can democracy exist when there is and always was a separation between the government and the common people? Aren't politicians in the United States supposed to be servants to the people? Shouldn't  the government be working for us and we should be in those expensive buildings? 

"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others." Nelson Mandela

Women like Susan B. Anthony suffered in 19th Century and Gloria Steinem lead the feminist movement in the 20th Century, to give the women of the 21st Century more than just the right to vote, they gave us the right to choose. In that choice, a Sophisticate chooses to be free. 

The voting booth of a Sophisticate is found in her the everyday decisions and choices to be free to have the opportunities offered to everyone, to be equal. In the end, a Sophisticate votes for freedom and be free. ;D