Rantings tonight

voting

Had a conversation today that kind of riled me up a bit. I was talking to one of the people where I work and for some reason we got onto the topic of voting. As I had just moved back I had had to register to vote and, because basically I’m lazy, I vote by mail. This other person informed me that they hadn’t voted in the last two elections and they were sure glad they didn’t because look at the mess the country was in. Okay, so I didn’t get to say what I really thought about this person not voting because I was on the clock and political conversations (not to mention name calling) are not encouraged. So, to get it off my chest, so I can move on to other things, here are my thoughts about voting and not voting…

Voting is a privilege. Not a lot of countries allow their citizens the right to vote, and some of them, even though they allow voting, don’t always abide by the results. Example: Egypt. By voting, you are taking an active role in the running of this country. Not voting just says you don’t care and if you don’t care, in my humble opinion, you don’t get to whine or complain, at least not to me. If you didn’t vote, I don’t want to hear what you think about the way this country is going. You didn’t care enough to make any sort of statement one way or the other by voting.

This last Primary election, I heard a lot of people talking about voting for “the Devil you know or the Devil you don’t”. That’s true, but there were other options, there was The Tea Party’s candidate, the Libertarian’s candidate, The Green Party’s Candidate, and so on. Shoot, you could even have written someone else in if you didn’t like who was running.

Not voting is such a cop out, pardon my 60s/70s vernacular. And if you didn’t vote because you didn’t think it mattered, don’t come whining to me about the shape of the country cause it’s obvious to me that you just don’t really care.

Stepping off my soap box now…

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2 thoughts on “Rantings tonight

  1. Stay on the soap box! This is one thing that drives me crazy. People who complain about the state of the country, but aren’t engaged in making it better. Vote, write to your MP’s, research, raise awareness! For the love of everything, just get off your sofa and try to make a difference because those of us who are trying are finding it very tiring shouting against the tide of apathy!
    Nice to know I’m not alone. 🙂

    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence. I do all I can by helping people get to the polling places and I talk up voting till either I’m blue in the face or people walk away. I agree that it’s very important to get involved. Maybe if more had, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now. And I don’t care if the other person’s views are the same as mine, just do something. Legally, of course. Shoot, my brother is a major conspiracy nut, but he votes. He knows better than not to. 🙂

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