Election day is tomorrow. Today, challenge yourself to write a speech about voting that is truly nonpartisan. Keep reading to see today’s full writing prompt, as well as my completed version of it.
Today’s Writing Prompt: Nonpartisan Speech
It’s nearly impossible to imagine a political speech today not fueled by partisan rage and fear. But try to write one anyway. If you truly were speaking to all voters from across the political spectrum at once, what would you say to them?
For some inspiration, read Looking at 10 great speeches in American History.
Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt
Common Sense of Humanity, by K.E. Creighton
The gist of my message today is simple: Vote. Vote with your conscience. Vote with your common sense of humanity in clear focus.
Some say democracy is on the docket now, which is true. Democracy will always be on the docket. But it’s important to remember the fundamental nature of democracy as being something that is never truly won but practiced. As something that is always a promise and always precarious. And that right now our common sense of humanity and the world we live in, and want to live in, is what’s on the docket, alongside democracy.
We always want to think of voting as a right, and it is. But it is a right that always needs to be fought for, through exercise and determination alone. It will never be something that is guaranteed if we don’t guarantee it by doing it — voting.
Please take care that your vote today isn’t entirely sentimental. I know it’s hard when so many of us are so angry and overwhelmed. But don’t neglect the facts and evidence you have before you about someone’s character and past actions because one person is screaming louder in your ear than another. No, vote for those with integrity, for those who understand how precious the act of voting is and would never ask you to neglect or corrupt your right to vote with pettiness or vitriol. And more importantly, would never work to take the right to vote away from anyone else either.
Be skeptical of those who stoke your fear and rage to vote for their team today because what if they aren’t on your team tomorrow? Realize that if they aren’t satisfied with another’s existence, or vote, they will never be wholly satisfied with your existence or vote either, when it no longer serves their momentary means.
Democracy is not a spectator sport. Honestly, it shouldn’t be thought of as a sport at all, where there are only two teams on the field and one must win and the other must lose. Especially today. Because truthfully, today we’re not voting for a red team or a blue team. We’re voting for who we are right now as humans, our common sense of humanity. And whether you like it or not, there will always be a “we.” So vote accordingly.
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Notes on Completing this Writing Prompt
What I wrote above is a very rough draft and not at all polished. I’m not even sure it’s fully coherent as it exists now. But the draft was a bit easier to write than I originally thought it would be, although still odd to write because I didn’t want to write in extreme hyperbole. Essentially here is what I was thinking: Political rhetoric today entails a sports-like mentality where there are only two teams, and it’s all about stoking fear and rage– and I wanted to avoid that because it’s exhausting and never honest or ultimately productive. Sure, fear and rage will always huddle people together, but only to destroy and never to productively build anything after what they’ve destroyed is gone, making it exhaustingly pointless in the end.
I, of course, have many other thoughts on this matter. But I will have to write about them all another day.