By Maria Gallagher, Legislative/PAC Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation
Imagine if a week before the start of high school football season, the local sportscasters broadcast, every hour on the hour, which team was going to win every game. They weren’t simply reporting win-loss records of previous seasons–they were saying, uncategorically, which teams would fail and which would succeed.
What effect would that have on the players, the coaches, the cheerleaders, and the parents who sacrificed so much to ensure that their children had an opportunity to participate?
Such media reports would in fact be irresponsible, because they would cross the line from reporting on the outcome of student competitions to possibly influencing the final score by cheerleading for one side over another. Why would the players even bother to show up for the game, if they already knew how it would end?
My hunch is that those high school students would continue to practice, would continue to run through their plays, and would assemble on Game Day–no matter what any media outlet had said about the contest they were about to engage in. Why? Because, with their idealism intact, these young people would know it would be the right thing to do.
The same should be true for us as adult citizens. We have the sacred duty to exercise our right to vote on November 8th. It is our obligation, not just to this generation, but for generations to come. So many critical offices are on the ballot, determining how policy will be set from the White House to the corridors of Congress to the State Capitol.
Do not be discouraged by the negativity you see in TV broadcasts, in political ads, or even in frenzied Facebook debates. With your vote, you have a voice. Do not let that voice be silenced.