Finally, the end of the circus is in sight. Nov. 8, 2016, is almost upon us. With the day over, we can settle in to the relative peace of the inter-election season, provided we turn off our TVs and stop reading newspapers.
However, in this article, I am not looking to the future after the election. I am looking at the day itself. You see, America does have a reputation (deserved or not) for low percentages of voter turnout. Exact quotes vary, but I think it is safe to say that just over half of possible voters do go out and vote. Why not the others? Well, keeping with a little routine I have been doing, let’s look at possible reasons and dismantle them.
Lazy Citizen: My vote won’t make the difference! The Electoral College decides it!
Perhaps that is a real point, but it isn’t even half of the picture. While it is true that your vote won’t directly determine the president, it gives an attitude of the nation towards that president. Not to mention that the Electoral College only decides the president; other federal positions for your state are decided directly by you, the voter.
Also, when it comes to state and local decisions on the ballot, a single vote can make a difference. The Nebraska voter initiative on the death penalty, it is something that will be determined by YOU! If you have even a remote opinion on the subject, you should cast your ballot and be counted. That nine dollar minimum wage you enjoy? It was passed by citizens who voted such as myself, and that has had a greater impact on my life than who was president.
Lazy Citizen: But the election is already rigged! My vote won’t matter!
Really? Who said that, a washed up misogynistic con man? Wouldn’t surprise me if that is where you heard the thing, but if the elections were truly rigged against you and your party, trust me when I say the rest of the world would see it.
If the election was rigged, why do we have changing power in elections? Why is it that we always have a vocal minority possessing a decent amount of power? Why do we allow both parties and the thousands of third parties to voice their opinions?
Where is the massive amount of voter fraud? Where are the secret police putting weapons to citizens’ heads, telling them to vote one way or another?
Nowhere you say? Well, there is your answer for your question about its existence.
Lazy Citizen: I don’t have the time to vote!
This excuse does not fly with me at all. While I think we should have Election Day be a federal holiday, there are still plenty of ways to fill out your ballot. It took me five minutes to do my absentee ballot for my home county and place all of the needed information on the back of the envelope. I imagine it would take the same amount of time to drive, vote and return to your daily activities.
You have plenty of time to go and vote, especially if you can find hours after the election to complain about the results. I know this is an outdated thing to say, but if you don’t vote, you don’t have a right to complain. It is asking for only a fraction of an hour in your life to decide the next 2 to four years of our government both nationally, statewide and locally.
RIGHT OVER THE CLIFF
Go out and vote!
Newt Gingrich, a former has-been politician who is as comforting as the animal after which he is named, went on a little tirade calling Megyn Kelly of Fox News (as well as the rest of the media) for being obsessed about sex and focusing on Trump over other, more legitimate stories.
This is especially hypocritical of the man to say, considering he has been divorced twice, had at least two affairs (one of which was while his first wife was fighting cancer and the other with a staffer while his second wife was diagnosed with Multiple Scoliosis) and married his second and third wife mere months after divorcing the previous one.
All of this behavior occurred while attacking other politicians for having affairs, confirmed or not.
Way to ride the moral high horse, you hypocritical scumbag.
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