An editorial by John G
Every once in a while I hear someone deliver an argument about why they are not going to vote. They may be citing any number of reasons why they think it doesn’t matter; the electoral college, gerrymandering, problematic recounts, voter intimidation or disenfranchisement, questionable voting machines or ballots. I have at times found some of the arguments compelling.
I have almost been convinced that it is a waste of time. Why should I bother?
Well here is why.
Here is why every American should vote – because politicians don’t want you to. Plain and simple. Don’t get me wrong, even if you do vote they may find a way to marginalize your vote, but don’t make it easy for them. The less people that vote the easier it is for them to control everything.
How do I know politicians don’t want you to vote? Because we don’t get a government mandated day off work. It should be THE single most important day for our country. It only occurs every four years yet it isn’t a national holiday. Why isn’t it a national holiday? Because they don’t want voters to show up. Fuck them. Go vote.
Want more proof?
In many parts of the country convicted felons can’t vote. Some politicians defend this policy and get people riled up about the dangers of felons being able to vote. Yet today Senator Ted Stevens (Republican, Alaska) was convicted on seven felony counts and is still allowed to continue to contend for his spot in the Senate. Why does this make sense? It doesn’t. Politicians don’t really give a damn if your a felon or not. The less people that vote the happier they are. Fuck them. Go vote.
Want more proof?
At some polling places voters will be hassled. Whether it be over discrepancies on their identification or something else. Seems fair enough at first glance. You should have to prove your identity. Right? Well then how come I don’t need to show a driver’s license when it comes to paying or receiving a rebate from the IRS? Heck I don’t even have to put on pants to take care of that. I can do it on-line from the comfort of my own living room and politicians don’t seem the slightest bit worried about it. They know they can verify my identity by any number of easy criteria. They actually care about tax money so they make it as easy as possible. When it comes to voting however they aren’t as interested in participation. Fuck them. Go vote.
If too many Americans ever start taking too much of an interest politicians may not be able to get away with as much. Who knows, they may even have to let a third party participate in their shenanigans. They definitely don’t want that. Fuck them. Go vote.