The Democratic and Republican campaign trail has been aflame with insults, overwhelming media messages, accusations, some truths, and many untruths. I have come to view the 2012 Presidential Election as down right disgusting and disrespectful truly bringing to the surface some very ignorant people. To be honest I have had enough of the 2012 election and although tomorrow may for some be thought of as the beginning of the end, I am convinced that it will likely be the beginning of more madness.
Throughout the 2012 campaign celebrities have been more vocal than in the past about flaunting their support for the presidential candidate of their choice. There has been much drama surrounding the choice that some, particularly celebrities, have made regarding who they will cast a ballot for on tomorrow, November 6th.
This is my third (geez I’m getting old) presidential election where I will exercise my right to vote and with each election I’ve noticed the growing trend of people, and even social media and the blogosphere, inextricably linking one’s political ideology to one’s belief on racism and loyalty. The Republican party is NOT synonymous with racists. The Democratic party is not synonymous with “victims.” As voting is meant to be a right, so is freedom of choice. We as Americans have the right to decide who most closely embody our ideals. This is our right. Personally, I consider it our duty. This is why I applaud those who, despite having different views and ideals than I, are engaged in the electoral process and have or will exercise their right which is more than I can say for those who have completely checked out, or more accurately, have not checked in…to even register!
I cannot understand how an adult – a grown person who is actually a tax paying citizen in the U.S. of A– cannot even be registered and nonchalantly admit (in what I heard to be a Homer Simpson voice), “I’m not voting. I’m not even registered. I have never voted.” What? Huh? Workplace politics helped to refrain my true response. Though, to be honest, I’m not sure that my true response would have been any different than, WTH? which is exactly the eye crossing, head scratching question that fogged my mind the moment the shocker rolled off my colleagues’ tongue. My colleague is not alone in her refusal to vote. There are an alarming number of people who are refusing to vote this election. Some taut that neither presidential candidate is worthy of his/her vote. Ooookkkk. Well what about those running for state and local office? Those candidates aren’t worthy of a vote either? The candidate, who will certainly not be chosen by those who refuse to participate, will greatly impact the lives of those who do and do not exercise their right.
To not exercise this right which still is not afforded to all Americans, is so terribly selfish and in some ways immature. Our participation in the voting process is much bigger than us. It’s much bigger than tomorrow. Its impact will be felt for generations.
Vote. It is a sacred right. It is a responsibility. It’s bigger than you. It’s bigger than one day. And you will feel it, for better or worse.