I don't normally get all preachy on here (do I?) but I figured it's that time and it's my blog, so here's my little rant: Vote.
I don't like to get political. I absolutely hate politics. But you know what? Voting is important. We are terribly underrepresented country. So many people who are eligible to vote don't even bother. And I'm not going to delve into the myriad of abuses from political gerrymandering or eligibility rights rigging. I'm just here to share that simple message for those who have no excuse. Those who haven't had a polling place stripped from them or their eligibility compromised have even more of a duty to vote this year. If you can vote, you must.
I used to be a video journalist in Las Vegas and I covered a lot of campaign rallies. Now, I'm not hating on anyone. Please understand that. But I need to point out that one of the silliest... no lets be genuine here... stupidest things I saw was "Bernie or Bust." There's nothing wrong with liking Bernie Sanders. Or Hillary. Or Trump. Like who you want, vote for who you want. But understand that if you CAN vote and you DON'T, you're handing your vote to the opposition.
Let me repeat that. If you can vote and you don't, you're handing your vote to the opposition. Republican, Democrat, Green, Independent, I don't care! Not making a choice IS a choice. There is no good excuse for not voting. You have a little under two weeks and you can look at sample ballots online right now. Go online. Look at the measures. Look at the candidates. Take ten minutes to research a candidate. Don't just vote party line, look at what they believe in. What they support. Who supports them. Do they have your best interest in heart? Good, vote for them. If not? Vote for someone else.
What if you don't like any of the candidates. Pick the least worst one. I get it. That sucks. It really, really does. Sometimes we don't have good options, only less bad ones. So tell me, would you rather get shot in the foot or the mouth? They both suck, but one sucks considerably less. And you know what? If you don't vote, someone else gets to choose where you're shot.
You think your vote doesn't count? You're a tiny voice, screaming into the void. Yeah, that's what they want you to think. You and thousands... hundreds of thousands of others. If you all think your vote doesn't matter, then guess what? It won't. Because you won't vote. Prove them wrong. Vote. Make your voice be heard.
You know people are going nuts over that billion dollar lottery. The chances of winning are winning a lottery of that size are minuscule. You're practically throwing your money away. But people still do it. Why? Because maybe, just maybe, their ticket might win. So if they can pluck up the strange courage to buy a ticket knowing millions of others are competing against them for it, why can't you vote? You have much better chance there.
That's my rant, ladies and gentle. And, yes, I'm currently going over my early voter ballot at this very moment. Elections are important. Voting is important. If you don't vote, you don't have a leg to stand on when things don't go your way. Go vote. Period.
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