I was suprised, after talking with several people at my college and in my family and at work, to find that there really are a lot of people who do not go to vote when it is time to drop those ballets (well, ok, enter them in on the computer) and do the American thing. People told me that either
1) they were too tired
2) they had no time with work and school and all
3) “It doesn’t make a difference anyway”
or 4) It was raining all day and I didn’t want to go outside.
Ok, well, that might all be true and fine, but at least you have the right to vote. That alone should be incentive enough to go. This country was started by people who were sick and tired of not having their voices be heard and of living under oppressive rule that they had no way of changing. It shouldn’t matter that you may not believe in the American system or trust in any of the politicians, what should matter is that there is and American system and that you do have a choice when it comes to who you want to stick in that office. You have a choice and a chance to make a difference. You can get involved in your government. Not everyone in th world can be so lucky. It’s democracy, people.
If you don’t go to vote, then you have no right to complain about the system. People should vote though, honestly, this is how I feel. Yes, It was raining and, yes, I had worked all day and, yes, I was doing college work, but I made it to the polls and voted. So I have a right to complain, those of you who did not vote, well, don’t go complaining about the American system. There are other countries in this world that are not so blessed as we are. We had people fight to get us the vote. As a 19 year old woman, I really had people fight to get me the vote. People fought to get 18-21 year olds the vote and thousands of women paraded up and down the streets at the beginning of the last century to get me the right to vote. Maybe I don’t believe in all the canidates, but I do believe in America and in the people who gave up so much to make this country what it is.
So, for those of you who voted, congradulations and I want to say, job well done. I don’t always believe the American system works like it should, but I do believe in America and in exercising my rights as a citizen of this country. I voted this year and I will continue to vote until someone takes that right away from me, then, being American, I know there are people who will fight to give that right back to me. It’s people who say that their vote doesn’t count that make me really irritated. I mean, do you know how many people say this? A lot. Your vote does matter. Your vote shows that you support your conutry and want to do something to influence what happens in it. Your canidate may not win, but you voted. Broken system or not, you voted and that is what matters. That is one of the things that makes you an American. So, if you were one of the thousands who did not vote this year, take a hint from one who did. Next time, do the American thing and go vote. You may not feel like your one vote makes a difference, and if you feel that way, then I am sorry. You should vote with the pride of someone who can, and sometimes, that is all you have and all you need.