Monday, November 3, 2008

Please. Vote.

Tomorrow is Election Day. Please. Vote. It's so important. It's probably one of the most important things you can do, every year, but especially this year. I don't care who you vote for. Far be it from me to tell you who to vote for. I'm voting for Barack Obama, so if you were waiting to base your decision on what I would do, there you have it.

The youth vote (18-29) is said to count more than any other demographic. Chances are, if you are reading this, you are in that demographic. Your vote counts. It actually couldn't count more. If you don't like either of the two leading candidates, vote for someone else. There are others on the ballot. You can even write in someone's name. Even if you know those people won't win, at least you have made your voice heard that you don't think either guy is the right choice. It doesn't matter what you vote for or against, just that you vote.

Not everyone in this country has always had the right to vote. Women and african americans had to fight and endure discrimination and hardship to be rewarded with this right. And now a representative from each of those groups has a chance to be in the White House. To not vote is to disrespect history and the people who earned that right for you.

Everything in your life, everyone of your problems, your concerns, every issue you deal with in your life, goes back to the government. Voting gives you a say in who decides the things that will affect your life. Whether or not you can go back to school. Whether you can afford to buy a house. Whether you and your loved ones can get affordable and quality healthcare. Whether the country will remain embroiled in a war started under false pretenses. Whether or not you're going to be able to retire when you want to. Whether or not your parents will. Whether the taxes you pay as you get older and your taxes get more complicated will be higher or lower. Whether you will be able to do the things you want with your life. Or not. It is all determined by who controls the government. And that is determined by the people who vote.

Go to the polls. Vote. If you don't...there's no nice way to say it. You're a jerk.

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