“Can I tell you something; got to tell you one thing if you expect the freedom that you say is yours; prove that you deserve it; help us to preserve it, or being free will just be words and nothing more…”
— Kansas, “Can I Tell You”
I don’t think I can say it any better than the song lyric I quoted above.
Last night, I overheard a coworker say, “I don’t vote. It doesn’t make any difference.” And he continued to spew about his views on the world.
I kept silent, but I am not ashamed to say that I wanted to tear him a new a**hole.
People died so I can vote. That is something I do not take lightly. For someone to brush it off and disrespect that right like that absolutely incenses me. I vote every year. I make sure I vote every year. And so should you.
The fact is, your vote does matter. In 2016, the vast majority of the country did not vote — because “it wouldn’t make a difference.” Had at least half of these people gone to the polls, chances are that the current state of the union would be much different.
Yes, our system is far from perfect. Yes, our system has flaws. But the fact is, your vote matters.
Want to change the system? Vote.