Vote!

Whether you are Democrat or Republican, Conservative or Liberal, Independent or Undecided, today you have a chance to stand up and be counted. This is a right and a privilege we often take for granted, and there are many countries around the world where this freedom is not possible.

Whether you believe your voice matters or not – and there are countless forces who want you to believe it does not – today is the day that you have an obligation to cast your ballot. Yes, I said obligation – for if you do not back up your opinions with action, you had better keep your mouth shut and accept the consequences.

Frankly, I’m underwhelmed at many of the choices; I cannot remember a time when so many people running for office seemed to be so functionally illiterate and thoroughly uneducated on the issues. In some of the national races there are certifiable nutjobs a breath away from winning state office. It’s frightening to think that some of these people could soon be in positions of power and influence. Politics is a dirty business; by preying on the sheep-like mentality of so many angry and disillusioned people, carnival barkers shouting shallow talking points have replaced true leaders with a viable design for change and improvement.

I used to wonder why we couldn’t even find two credible candidates to run for our nation’s highest office, but after watching people’s lives, families and reputations get disemboweled by the media and other invisible forces, I suspect many worthy potential candidates just figure it’s not worth the trade-off. So yeah, I’m cynical about what I have to choose from. And in some cases, it might be the lesser of two evils – the devil you know rather than the devil you don’t.

Ultimately the true call to action is to enter the fray yourself – throw your name in the hat, if not research and find someone you believe in and volunteer to help their efforts. It’s too late for today – aside from calling people to encourage them to get out and vote – but it might help the next time around.

There are some serious issues on the table like health care and gay rights and Social Security that will seriously regress if some of these puppets for shadow organizations take office. You don’t have to vote for somebody…you can vote against somebody.

But dammit…vote.

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