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Get Your ‘Butt’ Out to Vote!

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Get your butt out to vote! (Jon’s butt)

People love to complain about government.  You do.  I do.  We all do.  Yet when we get the chance to help mold the government, a large percentage don’t even vote!  I hate to be blunt and seem rude but, if you’re eligible and able and don’t vote, then shut up about the establishment!

Some people don’t vote because they don’t feel their vote counts.  Tell that to an Iraqi whose vote may well not count and they’ll wave an ink stained hand in front of you happy that they now have that freedom.  That, to me, is pretty profound.

Your vote may be a drop in the bucket and the electoral system may be flawed (I believe it is) but your vote makes a statement and your vote times ten or a hundred or a thousand or more can and will make a difference.  But if you have beliefs and fail to vote your conscience, your doing yourself and your society and horrible and dangerous injustice. Whether it’s because you believe your vote doesn’t count or you just “don’t care about politics,” something I see on Facebook in too many profiles, you have what is known as “voter apathy” and it’s sad….very, very sad.

“But I don’t know any of the candidates or the issues,” you say.  Why not?  It’s not like this thing called government doesn’t affect you.  I wonder, do people who don’t vote or who “don’t care about politics,” think this thing called democracy just works on its own and everything will be okay?  They need to get their heads out of the sand and get engaged.

Whether I agree or disagree with your point of view, I love it when people are engaged.  It shows a care for the way of life we have and that attitude will help democracy survive in the U.S.A.

Finally, think of it this way.  If anyone you know and love has been in the service, willing to sacrifice it all for our freedom, they’re doing it for your and my right to vote in an election and pick our leaders.  Voting is the least you can do to say thank you to them.

Get your butt out and vote tomorrow.  See ya at the polls!

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