November 05, 2002

A True Patriot?

a true patriot...?

Wow. Today I had not one, but two opportunities to be a good citizen.

First off, there was a blood drive over at my work today - I swear I woulda given blood... really.. only I've been sick, so I couldn't.... And, as most of us know, it of course was election day here in the U.S. I happily left work early (tee hee) to join the masses in celebrating the power of the proverbial people in a democratic society... right? There were masses, weren't there?

Oh yeah, I forgot. Voting is too hard! It's a pain in the ass, or perhaps, it doesn't matter anyway... boo hoo! What a load of bollocks! Get with it people! It always amazes me the number of people who don't vote. And for no good reason! It's not like they didn't have enough time, or they were clueless about it... it just wasn't on their lists of things to do. Really. How many of you went out and actually voted today? And if not, why the hell not?!? The worst excuses follow: a) "it really doesn't matter, my vote won't count anyway" (lame); b) "I don't know anything about the candidates or issues" - okay, then take a half hour out of your fucking Must-See-TV Thursday night and read over your fucking sample ballot... the establishment was nice enough to send it to your house! And if you're still confused about a certain seat or bill, skip it. It's not a test - you're not going to get a wrong answer!

I was at the local polling place tonight, and I heard something that was great, but still in a way, a let down. According to the current tallies, the voters in my home precinct were at a 47% turnout (including the current tally of absentee ballots)... which, apparently, is great! That's not 47% of the people actually living in the neighborhood, that's just 47% of the already-registered voters. What happened to the other 53% of people? And this is apparently a high number!!??!! It's crazy, and it's just befuddling, looking at the history of this country and how hard people fought for their freedoms to be able to have a say in who represents them...

And it's really crazy how many younger people can so eloquently rant about their disaffection for the status quo, and yet they admittedly refuse to vote, or forget to vote, or don't take the very simple effort to vote. You can't wield the power unless you use the tools... voting is perhaps our most potent one... if we ever actually got out there and did it. End of rant.


posted by julie at November 5, 2002 07:00 PM


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