November 7, 2012

I've had to hold my tongue a hand full of times tonight, what with the facebook boom as it is election night and all. I'm not exactly one of those people who gets too involved in internet bashing. I believe there is a time and a place to make one feel so foolish they can hardly breathe, but the FB world just doesn't do my words justice. So, for the most part I refrain. (I totally got in a tiff with Greg Holden once. I just could not resist... but let's not open that can of worms.) This is why I have a blog. So I can write passionately the words I wish to say without creating [too much] conflict... though, I must admit... the arguments are rather entertaining, and I do read them. Yahtzee! 

And I know, I know.
I'm annoyingly political. Raised to be, even.
We used to watch Hannity and Colmes while we ate dinner on wicker trays, and at the ripe old age of nine, I wrote Bill O'Reilley an email, letting him know that I appreciated his contribution to politics, and the world at large. On my 18th birthday, I raced home from school, excited to watch a Glenn Beck Christmas Special. Undoubtedly a conservative Republican. Undoubtedly outspoken about it.
Whatever, I get it.
It's annoying, and it's me.
But I'd rather care about it all like a maniac than sit on the fence while the rest of the country makes my decisions for me.
My parents taught me to be an active participant in changing the things I don't like.
Though I do side with them on most of the issues, and our ballots today were rather similar, I am proud of the fact that I'm an avid news watcher. I am fond of Brett Baier, Anderson Cooper, and Mila Kunis. (She doesn't really have anything to do with this. I just love her SO much.)
I think for myself, and that's something of weight.
Not only do I think for myself, but I try really hard, even as a twenty year old, to think of those around me, and ultimately, think of the sacrifices that have been made on my behalf, giving me the right to cast my ballot just across the street from where I live. 

And that is why statements like this irk me to my very core:

"Last I checked, America was a free country... and I have the right to not care about this election. I will exercise my right by not voting." 

Not doing what is expected in an election will never be a hipster revolution. Contrary to popular believe, it does not reward its participants with People Water and vegan friendly foot wear. This is bigger than social media and an I'm-too-good-for-politics election mindset. Undeniably, America is a free country. As wholesome as apple pie, and with a star spangled banner on top. Our country is as free as they come. And if you'd like to keep it that way, then dammit, you'd better exercise your right to vote.

Someone also said this:
"Politics brings out the worst in people." 

I, for one, think it brings out some of the best in people.
And let's be honest... it brings out the wit in them, too.
For instance, my good friend, Jared, commented, saying:
"To everyone complaining about the election and politics: just remember to be quiet while the grown ups are talking." 


For the record, I voted for Mitt.
Don't be one of those people who say they're leaving the country for the next four years.
Put on your big kid pants, saddle up, and take your country back.

1 comment:

  1. say the least! Loved Jared's words. I thought about making this E-greeting last night.

    "It's difficult for me to come up with something clever to post on "Facebook" tonight during the election because of all the diverse and unique postings of my well educated FB friends"- said no American ever!

    And then I thought, saying nothing is better!


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