Monday, November 01, 2010

C-Span is running a telephone call in show asking people to call in and tell them why they are motivated to vote this year. People are calling in with various reasons, citing such things as health care reform, the wars in the Middle East, the economy, the divisiveness in government, etc. I’ve tried numerous times to get through because I’d like to share my reason, because no one has given my reason yet. In fact no one ever cites my reason.

I am turning out to vote because November 2 is the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. I always vote. I ALWAYS VOTE. I will vote from the grave. Voting is not going to the mall. “Gee, it’s raining out. Maybe I’ll stay in and watch a video.” Voting is not going to the movies or going out for coffee with friends. Hell, it’s not even going to work. You can’t call in sick. "I'm tired." "I didn't get a flu shot and now I have the flu." "I don't have anything to wear."

Wear a surgical mask, and drag your sorry ass to the polls and VOTE.

Voting is not a privilege. I’m tired of people saying that. It’s not a right. It’s a responsibility. It’s a necessity. It’s like breathing. YOU MUST DO IT OR DIE.

People died for your responsibility to do it. They are still dying to get their own responsibility to do it. So take a few hours away from the television or the Internet or whatever, and read your sample ballot, become informed, and be a real human being and vote on Tuesday.

See you at the polls. I’ll be the one handing out free beer—just kidding.


Amie said...

I vote for the same reason you do. WOOHOO! I loved your post. It's my personal pet peeve when someone doesn't vote and then complains... but I raised DD that voting is a civic responsibility and I was raised that way as well

gossamer said...

My parents and grandparents complained constantly about the government and never voted. Most kids couldn't wait to be 16 to drive, or 21 to drink; heck, I couldn't wait to be 18 to VOTE. I'm so excited to go the polls tomorrow--see you there!