I had a political science teacher in college that told us that it doesn't matter who you vote for in the presidential elections because your vote in the grand scheme of things really didn't count for much.
(Hold up, I started to protest too!)
He brought up the very good point that your vote counts a lot more in the "low voter turn-out" elections on mundane things like city improvements, city, state and national representatives, taxes, etc.
You know, the little things that affect your life in much more impactful ways day to day than the guy who sits in the Oval Office.
What bothers me even more are the "Are you registered to vote?" and especially the "Don't forget to vote" people.
Vote? Vote for what? The message just ends there?
How about amending it to "Don't forget to register to vote and then make educated decisions when you exercise that democratic right."
Do me a favor...
If you're uninformed/uneducated on the issues that affect your community, county, state or nation, for the love of this country, don't vote tomorrow. You'll do more harm than good.
Don't vote if you're a radical Fred Phelps type.
Don't vote if you're an idiot.
Don't vote if you only vote for one particular party without at least considering the candidate in the opposite party.
Don't vote if you pick a candidate based on nothing more than the fact that they have the same last name of your favorite grade school teacher and you have no idea what they stand for.
Don't vote for someone because you agree with them on one single issue and nothing else.
Don't vote if you just want the sticker so you can get free Chik-Fil-A.
I absolutely adore this country, warts and all. Whoever wins the presidency tomorrow, wins. But the other candidates you are voting for matter just as much.
Please, please! Read your ballot thoroughly. Know what and who you're going to vote for/against. Think about the impact those issues will have on your life. Look at a sample ballot ahead of time.
Don't be that guy tomorrow as you step into the voting booth.
This is Moxie Mama and I approve this message.
Monday, November 3, 2008
Posted by MoxieMamaKC at 11:13 AM