Today is election day. It’s a shame when you think of how many people will not vote. I can’t understand it. Since I turned 18 many (many, many) years ago, I have not missed a single election. I always vote. How can I complain if I don’t do anything to make a difference? People who do not vote have no right to complain about politics. In a sense, then abdicate their responsibility, opinion, and influence to me and all the other voters, as our votes then count for more. So, if you don’t want me in control, you better vote.
I am somewhat cynical by nature, though I’ve heard it said that “the power of accurate observation is frequently called cynicism by those who don’t have it.” Now, if that’s not a cynical statement, I don’t know what is. But I do believe that no matter who wins today, nothing great will happen. Politics is a series of gentle changes and “nudges” of our direction–where we are going as a society. No political party has the ability to suddenly make big changes, but the little changes they can effect can and will have consequences far down the road.
So, if you care about the future, get out there and vote today. Your lone, solitary vote can and will make a difference. Send a message to all your politicians, local, state, and national: You care. You are interested. You can make a difference. Then, hold their feet to the fire and extract from them actions on their promises. You can do it. You can make a difference. Vote!