Today is election day. While I have only hopes for what today's results will be, I felt the need to talk about my (and your) civic duty to go out and get stuff done. And by stuff, I of course mean voting. Very exciting, I know.
Music in this entry is of course yet another track off of the Lt. Snorkel album. I know that's probably the least important thing about this video, but none the less I thought I should retain my habit of listing credits fairly promptly afterward.
I can't begin to explain how important it is that people get out and vote today. This is more than a standard "Civic Duty" issue -- this is a human imperative. As citizens living in a Democratic Republic it is our responsibility to go out and participate in the system as active, informed citizens.
Most importantly, no matter what your political views, no matter who your candidate of choice is... if you don't get out and vote today you officially are relinquishing your rights to bitch about a single thing that happens in our government until the next election comes around. To quote Sorkin at you, Decisions are Made by those who show up. If you don't vote, you didn't help make the decision. If you don't vote, you don't get to complain, you don't get to bitch -- you have to sit there, shut up, and take it.
Because you didn't participate.
So get out there today and vote. Be a part of the great machine that is the democratic process. Do it man, get out there and do it. It's not that hard, it's not that difficult. You go into the booth, and you fill out or punch your ballot.
It's the most important thing you're likely to do today.
I think it's completely acceptable to choose not to vote. I did it today, in a way. I noted that I knew nothing about several candidates, so I chose to write in "No Preference". I actively disagreed with the policies of all the candidates for president during the last election, and so I chose not to vote. The thing is I STILL made a choice. I STILL actively excercised my right to do so.
Then my question to you sir is this: Why is it better to push folks to vote, and potentially get knee jerk reactions to incumbants or recognized names than to excuse people who feel that they're poorly inormed?
Yeah, I'm with scrot on this one. I, personally, am against anyone voting who doesn't know anything about the candidates/issues. It makes for an unfiar representation of public opinion for those who actually have one. That, of course, is countered by your 'everyone should be informed' stance so I guess it's moot.
One far less recognized tactic is to vote a blank ticket. It's perfectly allowable to do so in most municipalities and it is the closest thing to a 'no confidence' vote we have in the US.