Why Don’t You Vote?
It puts me off that a lot of “educated”, “opinionated” “individuals”, aren’t going to bother voting at this presidential election. Because there’s “no point”, why choose between “the lesser of two evils”? “It’s all rigged anyway… the system is too corrupt… my vote won’t make a difference” You want to make a difference? You want to see change? Then be that change, instead of waiting for it to come along.
So what if both candidates have downsides, it doesn’t mean it would be wrong for you to decide between them. Regardless of what you do or don’t do, you do make a difference, more than you know. You’re acting by not acting, you’re choosing without making a choice, you’re voting someone in by not voting.
If you’ve been registered to vote, please do. It doesn’t take that much effort to drive to a polling booth, and vote for the candidate you think would do good, or less harm, it’s relative and it’s too bad it’s not absolute, but vut to do? Let your vote go to waste? In the 2005 Presidential Election, over 13 million citizens were registered to vote, of which only 9 odd million cast their vote. Millions of wasted votes, votes that could have been for anyone, votes that could have made a difference.
You, you who don’t vote. You’re not just one person. You’re not as insignificant as you think you are. You’re 3 million people, you can make a difference. You can be the change, but only if you vote. But please, don’t waste your vote by voting for someone who doesn’t stand a chance to win anyway, that’s just as bad as not voting.
There are two candidates, get to know what each stand for, it doesn’t take that long to weigh it out and see who is the lesser evil. Sure, there will be consequences either way, but it’s like that with any decision you make. Talk about it with your friends, your family, or even random stranger, get as many viewpoints as you can, but keep an open mind, and come to your own conclusion. Vote for who you think should win, they might not be the best, they might not be the “change” you’ve been waiting for, but it’s a start, and you’re making a difference.
If you want change you have to be it, even if you want things to stay as they are, go vote and make sure it does. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for, I’m just asking you to vote. Express yourself, speak out. We shout and scream for freedom of speech, freedom of this, freedom of that, when we’re the ones who seal our lips shut. Don’t stay silent this time around. Use your voice. Make a choice. Vote.