I promised in the first post that this blog would be keeping politics to a minimum, because of the negativity and hate that are associated with it. And I plan on sticking by that. I won’t be discussing issues today (although I voted yes for a new airport if you’re interested). This is a post about voting in general.
I spent the first stretch of my adult life as a political consultant (don’t worry, no one knows what that is, not even those of us that did it). I was raised in a politically active, civic minded family. I was raised to believe that issues matter. That the way we are governed matters. And that we all have a role to play in the progression (or regression) of our society. As an unapologetic bleeding heart liberal I have very intense, definite and defined positions. I was also raised to develop what my father’s mentor (and the man I refer to as my surrogate grandfather) referred to as a “belief system.” It is a concept designed to help people be mindful of the issues, how your position fits in with your overall philosophy (whatever it may be) and it’s impact not only on yourself, but also on society as a whole.
Regardless of my political views, the thing that pisses me off the most is voter apathy. I truly don’t understand people that don’t vote. It’s more than just a duty and an obligation. It is your right, your chance for your voice to be heard. More than the Bill of Rights that we spend so much time debating, this is what our founding fathers bled and died to create for us. The right to vote is their most important legacy. Because without it, everything else falls to shit.
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others.” -Winston Churchill
There are any number of ways to educate yourself on the issues, so not being informed is not an excuse. Yes, there is a lot of misinformation out there, but common sense can navigate you past most of the bullshit if you let it.
And if you don’t vote, you are giving a minority of people power over the majority, and that sounds less like the ideal of democracy that I believe in. Also, people who don’t vote still feel like they have a right to bitch about government. If you don’t vote, I don’t care about your opinion, and I don’t want to hear it. If you don’t vote and spew your thoughts, all you are doing is hurting my ears. If you don’t vote, if you don’t make your voice heard when it matters, how much can you possibly believe in your own convictions?
So don’t be an asshole. Vote early, and vote often.