I have a rule when talking to people about politics. I ask first if they voted in the last election. If they say they did not, I won’t talk politics with them. Talking politics with them would be like talking about the ball game while they sat in the cheap seats in right field. Sure they got the big view of the game – they knew when the cheer – they saw the scoreboard. But, their opinion of whether or not that play at home plate was close or not? Sorry – you didn’t see it the way those of us on the field did.
People have historically said to me they do not vote because they do not feel it matters – what is one vote in a sea of others who are voting the opposite way. I think the 2000 elections demonstrated what one vote could do – the power of it. I know in Oregon, we have had several votes recently where one vote or two made a difference. Even if you feel your vote for president is lost thanks to the electoral college, remember there are plenty of things locally to vote on – things that matter too.
Voting is the one act that all adults gets to do regardless of age, race, sex, socio-economic status, education, sexual orientation, etc. We all on the same day hold the same power. Think about that one.
Do your duty as a citizen and vote today.
And someone, at least in Oregon, please put a state measure on the ballot eliminating the use of mailings during election time. I don’t read them – I recycle them – and it seems like a lot of wasted resources. Or, I guess I could take the tact of a friend of mine who is saving all of them, then will be writing “return to sender” on every flier and dropping it into the mail today.
But that, that is a different topic.
“Decisions are made by those who show up”