So, tomorrow is Election Day. Finally, right?
Usually, I keep my “politics” to myself, but I felt like saying something late last week and promised myself if I still felt that way by Monday, then it’s worth mentioning. And I do, so here we go, and all I really wanted to say to everyone is that—if you can vote, then you HAVE to vote. Pretty simple, I know, but there’s a lot of people disillusioned/disenchanted with whatever for whatever reasons, and people are actually ready to just sit on the sidelines and not participate at all. People are proudly proclaiming that they aren’t voting, and don’t really give a damn about not voting. They’ve figured it all out and are taking the ball and going home. Or more accurately, hiding the ball in the house.
And you know what, I think that’s one of the stupidest, most destructive things anyone can possibly do. If you’re a racial minority or a woman, take that previous sentence and multiply it by a million. Everything that people had to sacrifice and endure so that all of us have the right and opportunity to cast ballots unimpeded, combined with all the efforts people are still employing (in the year 2012) to deny us that right, and you’re not going to vote at all!!?
Fuck that. Seriously. Fuck that.
I don’t care if “it doesn’t mean anything,” or “it doesn’t matter in the end,” or “nothing’s ever really going to change.” You know what…maybe. Maybe not. But so what? How many little things do we do every single day that never really amount to anything, and yet we still do them anyway? If you don’t “believe” in presidential politics, there are probably still a ton of ballot measures that really do affect your life, and whatever excuse you’ve made for yourself why it’s okay not to even participate is invalid rationalizing bullshit and you know it.
Also, if you don’t vote, you fully relinquish your right to complain about your taxes, your neighborhood, your schools, your birth control, etc. When it came time to be “counted” you found something else to do, so kindly shut the hell up until the next election cycle. You didn’t even participate, which is the absolute bare minimum of modern human society. It’s inexcusable and indefensible, and there was a time in the not-so distant past when some of us weren’t even allowed to decide not to vote. And there’s a reason for that. There’s a reason they don’t want some of us to vote even now. And that should be more than enough to ensure that you do for as long as humanly possible.
So go vote tomorrow, if you haven’t already.
No more excuses.