You Have to Vote

On Monday I watched the first Presidential Debate (about as visceral as Monday Night Raw). Later, after the debate ended my roommate came home and I tried to talk to him about it. He said, “you can’t get wrapped up in all that craziness.” I couldn’t even think of a response. How can anybody dismiss this one out of hand?

This is the second presidential election I’ve participated in and I don’t think there’s ever been a more important one.

The prospect of a human monster like Donald Trump becoming the highest power in America is terrifying. The idea that he’s nearly neck and neck with Hilary Clinton is even more so. That’s why I’m making my voice heard to plead to you. If you can vote. Vote.

This post is more or less inspired by the movement. They’ve released two videos so far. The first is funny and filled with celebrities:

The second one, however, is more effective in my eyes:

I’ve met a lot of people who are utterly disenchanted by the political process. They believe that there isn’t a point in voting and we’ve already failed as a democracy. A decent amount of them were also Bernie Sanders supporters.

The greatest thing the Bernie Sanders campaign did was get a lot of people my age who never wanted to give politics a second glance, and make them fervent supporters of a candidate. Their candidate may not have gotten the nomination but the movement still created a palpable result. Suddenly people were taking a closer look at the democratic process, and realizing all of its massive flaws.

Frankly, any kind of delegate in a primary or the electoral college in the November election is entirely unnecessary in a modern day voting system. I mean dear god why would I want to cast a vote to give somebody else the right to cast a more important vote who may not vote the same way I did in the first place! We don’t live in a time where it’s difficult to count the popular vote, it’s actually really easy, so shouldn’t that be the end all be all?

Because more young people have caught on to this insanity, more are demanding that these things change. The problem is we can’t change these things during an election. If we want to change these systems, we have to bring it up before the general election. To do that you have to bring it up to your congressman or senator. If your congressman or senator doesn’t support your interests, then that’s when your vote matters. You can vote for someone else when those representatives come up for reelection. You can vote for your local government to fix that pot hole in the street by your home. You’re vote can change both the small and the large. But you have to vote.

Jon Oliver, over on Last Week Tonight, gave a whole piece about the insanity of the primary process. He recommended we all email our party leaders on February 2nd 2017 to ask them to fix the primary system.

The republican chair is Reince Priebus, which doesn’t sound like a real name but apparently is. The democratic chair is Debbie Wasserman Schultz, or at least is was until we all learned she and other leaders conspired against Bernie Sanders at the DNC. She stepped down, mostly because we the people demanded her to after she was caught, because that’s the beauty of democracy. The new chair for the democrats is Donna Brazile of Louisiana.

Also, devil’s advocate for a second, if Republican leaders conspired against Donald Trump and prevented him from getting this far would any of us be upset? I wouldn’t be. I don’t think it’s entirely wrong for the party to have a preference.

I don’t want to tell you who to vote for, I just want you to vote. Because it really is the most important thing we can do to make our country a better place. Democracy was founded on the principle that a well informed populace could make the right decision on who should lead them, and we live in a time when our populace is better informed than ever before. Let’s use that! Let’s actually change the world. All you have to do is vote.


PS, but seriously I’m terrified he might win.


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