So, today was Election Day. This was my fifth presidential election. Starting in 1996, I voted (absentee) for Bill Clinton. 2000, Al Gore; 2004 John Kerry; 2008 Barack Obama. This year, I voted once again for Obama. Why? Because I don’t like anyone treating me, or any other citizens of the United States, like a second class unimportant person.
There are people who wonder why we should even vote. I don’t know about everyone else, but I have always had a hard time expressing my opinion. Mostly because I have thought for a long time that my opinion doesn’t matter. But voting is one way that I get to voice my opinion; to quietly stand up for myself and what I believe in. Please do not confuse quiet for passive – exercising your right to vote is anything but passive.
If you are someone who is disenfranchised or uninformed and is exercising your right to not vote today, this is your decision, and I respect that. However, in this day and age it is not difficult to not only find information, but to find ways to process and understand the information you have found, and that excuse will only fly so far. Find the issues that matter to you, and choose the side that supports your opinions and values, whatever they may be. Don’t let others browbeat you into voting one way or another, because in the end whatever you do at those polling stations is between you and whatever higher power you believe in (if any) and that is that. I voted how I felt was the right way for me and my personal beliefs and values today. In the future, I encourage everyone else to do the same.
And on a lighter note, if all else fails, vote like this guy: