Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. It has been a crazy few weeks for me. Some good things but also some bad things. But hey, that’s life, right?
Anyways, Election Day is just around the corner and many states are approaching the deadline to register to vote. Some states’ deadlines have already passed, so I hope that if you live in one of those states you already registered. I talk about the importance of voting a lot, but until more young people vote, I’m going to keep yammering on and on about it.
Let me ask everyone a question: Do you think our elected officials are doing their jobs effectively? I would bet that most people would answer that question with a big, resounding NO! And I would agree with you. They are elected to office to lead our country. Their jobs includes running our government, drafting and passing laws, upholding the law, protecting our country and its citizens, keeping our economy healthy and strong, etc. And they are supposed to do this with the best interest of the American people in mind. Our current class of elected officials does a pretty poor job of all of this. And we’ve all suffered as a result.
But…what about our job as citizens? In a democracy/republic, the citizens shouldn’t be complacent by-standers who constantly bitch and complain about how ineffective and incompetant their government is. They have to be informed of the issues and understand how they actually affect our lives and the lives of others, and they also have to participate in the political process. There are several ways of doing this–writing/emailing/calling your congressional representatives, attending town hall meetings, joining political campaigns, signing petitions, even protesting. But the most important way of being involved in the political process is by voting. So, I ask you: are we, the citizens, doing our job better than our political leaders? I think not. Only a little more than 50 percent of the country votes, and most Americans have very little knowledge of the important issues (which is partially due to our mass media who does an absolutely atrocious job of reporting real news and real facts). So we can’t really be mad about politicians not doing their jobs when we don’t do ours either. Unless you are ok with being a giant hypocrite.
The most important thing, however, is that young people start voting in much higher numbers. This is so crucial to getting our leaders to pay attention to the issues that affect us. Unfortunately, in mid-term elections, only about 20 percent of young people vote. Older people on the other hand vote at a rate that is more than triple this. So who do you think our leaders are going to listen to: young people who don’t vote and thus don’t threaten their jobs; or older people who do vote and do threaten their jobs? It’s no wonder our government spends 4 times more money on seniors as it does on youth. The government won’t pay attention to us until we start making them, and the easiest and most effective way of doing that is by threatening to kick their good-for-nothing butts out of office. And the easiest and most effective way of doing that is by VOTING!!!
So please people, get out and vote next month. Honestly, do your job! Voting isn’t just our right and it isn’t just a priviledge that we are fortunate to have, it is our duty as citizens of a democracy. Educate yourselves on the issues, learn where your candidates stand on the issues, and vote for who you think will best represent you and our country in office. I know that many times the choices are poor all around, but just vote for who is the lesser of the two evils (and if they both equally suck, flip a coin–I’m totally serious). The important thing is that we start taking our job as citizens of a democracy seriously again. If our democracy suffers, ultimately it is our fault. Because we have a government of the people, by the people and for the people, so when “the people” give up, the democracy is doomed. Please don’t give up. Fight for our democracy and fight for our future. Vote on November 4th.