It’s OK to not vote
If you happen to live in The United States of America, you are lucky and not lucky, but mostly lucky. You live in a great country. There are plenty of other great countries, but America is the land of opportunists.
I love America. I really do. Though, I love you more.
When I was a kid; it seemed like voting was this private thing that people went into booths to secretly execute. I thought it was a great honor and part of being a responsible adult. I didn’t realize that it was a petty excuse for people to look down their noses at each other, bicker and brag about their immense power.
Voting matters proportionately to how much your feelings matter. It’s the feeling of empowerment that you did your part to elect a complete stranger who says that they will do things that you think sound reasonable.
More importantly though, it’s the feeling of accomplishment that you helped keep another complete stranger from destroying your country by not saying they’ll do things that you think sound reasonable.
If you don't vote then people on both sides will tell you that you have been brainwashed by a political tactic made to enhance the odds of THEIR opposing candidate.
Because underhanded political tactics only affect those who don’t vote and those who do vote are enlightened free people who have made objective and uninfluenced decisions about complete strangers that they have been shepherded into choosing from.
People love to feel superior, and for many(not all); voting is just another way to self righteously divide and class each other. It’s as if voting makes you more like your corrupt and elitist political masters; a way to nestle up to them and be their partners or co-leaders in the ‘free’ world.
Don’t let people bully you into being like them so they can validate themselves at your expense. Voting is a choice, a privilege and a right for those of you who aren’t felons, illegal immigrants or formophobic.
Sucking up to the filthy rich overlords who rule the executive branch of our government isn’t the only way to get things done for this country. You don’t have to be a scale on the head of the snake.
If you want to contribute to making this country(and world) better, then you can volunteer at a children’s hospital or a soup kitchen. You can help pick up litter or clean up your local park. You can stop treating people of different races, sexes, religions and sexual preferences differently and just treat them like you would anyone else by shaking your middle finger at them when they cut you off in traffic. You can hold doors open for people, smile and be kind to one another.
It’s OK to vote and it’s OK to not vote.
More importantly though, it’s your business and you don’t have to rub it in anyone’s face. You don’t have to be loud and proud and let your freaky voting flag pin fly. You can if you want, but you don’t have to, so please don’t feel like you should.
WARNING: If you don’t vote, then you have no right to complain about politics. You can still have an opinion but your opinion is invalid. It’s OK though, one of your fundamental advantages as an American is that you can always find other things to complain about.
The world will never be perfect, and no matter how good our lives are; we will always find reasons to be unhappy. The past is a fickle reference that can be fabricated to suit whatever argument is necessary to make yourself or others feel inadequate or nostalgic to a glamorized misrepresentation of it.
I want you to go out and vote, or not vote! I want you to do whatever feels good and right. I’m like a hippie shaman dude and I want us to take some magic mushrooms together and explore our true desires and intentions. I want us to talk about it and contemplate it. I want us to try everything.
I want us to try love.
Try taking a good look at the people around you in any given situation and ask yourself what you can do to make their lives better. I promise you, it will make your life better, and if it doesn’t then you might be the Grinch and you need to go find some cheery carolers so you can get a nice raging heart-on.
We can be united. You can vote for Sheev Palpatine, Sarah Connor or no one at all. At the end of the day I hope we can all just kick back and be Human beings together; pop open a few cans of poisonous carbonated beverage and work together to figure out new and exciting ways to kill each other like we always have.