This morning, I happened across this awesome post by Mike Rowe. Mike, if you’re reading this, please accept a hearty thanks for being one of very few people who’ve validated / agreed with my not-so-popular views regarding voting.
Mike pretty much killed it in the aforementioned post, but I want to speak to / for those of us still questioning voting for any reason.
A few somewhat bothersome things:
- Election season so often appears to set us at odds with our friends, family members, literally anyone we’re involved with in any capacity. So I’m going to link to this video Colin Wright was so kind to share with us. Please respect one another.
- This note I wrote in 2008 which is still partially relevant to today’s election.
- Why have social media apps consistently asked that I update followers with my voting progress? I love y’all, but you don’t need to know if I registered to vote… It feels very intrusive. I’d prefer non-living, roboticized entities [read: social media apps] not to record my voting tendencies for any purpose. But maybe I’m being paranoid. Let’s hope.
Voting is indeed a right, not a duty: And I hope it remains so.
- Right – “a moral or legal entitlement to have or obtain something or to act in a certain way.”
- Duty – “a moral or legal obligation; a responsibility.”
Whether we exercise our right to vote or not, we still harbor a personal responsibility to establish our worldview, including a comprehension of history, current events and how they’re related.
Our society is like wild animals that are fed by people too often. Some of these animals forget how to acquire food for themselves. And if the animal is a Grizzly bear and you’re the only morsel you brought… hurry, like and share this blog post! Or dial 911 as you run. Your call…
My point is that with the Internet and 24/7 access to media journalism, we don’t have to hold quite so much information in our heads. We don’t cherish it as we once did. It’s a struggle trying to explain politics to the new generations. It was a struggle for my family, and unless I effect a change there, it will be the same for any child who looks up to me.
If you questioned whether you could vote responsibly today, let me encourage you. There are ways to learn what you need in order to be a more responsible voter. Please seek them out. Please be respectful of your fellow voters in debating with them. And don’t give up. You need this knowledge.
Be safe and careful out there today. May we all discover some small win — whether our chosen candidate enters office or not.