I don't want to get political here, so I won't. My beliefs aren't exactly secret, but I'm not going to use this place as a pulpit for my issues. That's what Twitter is for. However, I am going to use this spot to deliver one simple non-partisan message, and that is this:
Vote, damn you.
Seriously, I don't give a crap how much you've rationalized to yourself over the years why you can't or shouldn't participate in our democracy. To me, that's just cowardice. To me, you are a useless complainer and should be ashamed of yourself. Too many people in this country have been and in many cases are still being deprived of this most fundamental civil right, and for you to actively shit upon it is disgusting to me. In fact, I can't even be nice to you at this point. I can't even rightly call it tough love that I am using right now. It's gentle hate. Because you should fucking know better, and it angers me that you don't.
Don't tell me that you don't participate because "both candidates are bad." Don't tell me that government is "too corrupt and you're not going to get involved." Don't tell me that you believe it will somehow all get better if we all decided not to play "their game." Don't tell me any of that fucking bullshit, because that's all it is. Fucking bullshit.
Just shut up and vote, damn you.
|5000 Americans died for this while you stayed home|
|Thank you, voters|
A ballot covers a whole range of things that you are completely missing out on because you for whatever reason feel you're too good to get your hands dirty and help us pick a fucking president. In 2010, my neighborhood missed the passing of a badly needed operating levy for our ailing school district by 37 votes, because the people who were energized to get out there in 2008 suddenly found the weight of their complaining asses to be too heavy two years later to get out and do the same thing. And because of that, many of our kids are losing out on athletics and school buses, teachers have been let go, and we continue to scrape by on a shoestring. Not because there are more people in this town who oppose school levies than people who don't. But because of the apathy of those who didn't think it mattered one way or another. Who might have ticked "Yes" on their ballot if someone had dragged them by their ear to their polling place so they could take five fucking minutes to do one simple task that means so much to so many.
|His buddies didn't die face down in the muck|
so you could sit home on election day
There is no such thing as a perfect choice or a perfect candidate or a government without corruption. There are people grown up enough to take their rights seriously and there are children trapped in adult bodies who think the world still owes them something before they can be motivated to get off their asses and make a difficult and less-than-perfect choice. If you are the latter, grow up.
Get out there and vote. Damn you.