***steps up on soap box***
I vote when I’m uninspired by the candidates and I vote when I’m fired up.
Election Day isn’t the same as a movie opening…and it sure as shit isn’t like having a set of free tickets to a play you may skip because you didn’t pay anything.
I vote...because of the sacrifices made to gain that right for me, because of the lives lost to protect that right for me and because of what my vote…my very presence at the polls on Election Day…means.
Lots of people are talking about turn out and who will show up and why…lots of folks are spinning the current state of everything to either inspire or depress the electorate.
And the fact that they can…that that shit works…pisses me the hell off.
I’m going to keep this shit real as hell – there isn’t a ballot out there that doesn’t contain at least one fucking race and/or issue you care about.
Not one…and anyone who tells you otherwise is a Demon Sheep you shouldn't turn your back on.
Do the political parties make a body want to hurl on their best day?
Do the big races often overshadow the state races and ballot initiatives that tend to come back and bite the masses in the ass?
Does any of that really matter to a consistent voter?
Fuck it all if it does.
The only people getting screwed over by low turn out are the people who don’t turn the fuck out.
I vote and I’ve never walked away from the polls thinking that I just wasted my damn time.
Hell, more often than not I spend the weekend before Election Day studying all the shit on the ballot that no one has talked about so I can make and educated decision...and walk into the polls amazed at all the important as hell shit I'm responsible for voting on.
This is my tragically annual call to the masses – don’t believe the hype.
Don’t fall for the bullshit that it doesn’t matter…that there isn’t anything important on the ballot or that it’s all pre-determined blah blah and another blah.
This past August a primary race in Missouri was decided by one vote.
If we snooze on Election Day...we lose.
***steps off soap box***