Time To Exercise Our Civic Duty

As you may or may not care, today is voting day. Both Rhiannon and I are planning to vote. (If you’re reading this more than an hour after it has been up, assume we have). We haven’t really discussed many of the issues between the two of us; we know there are some topics we disagree on and there are some topics we could care less about. We agree that a good lawyer show or medical drama on TV puts most political discussion to shame, so we try and stick to topics that are important to us – like whether or not Dr. House will ever get another shot at dating Cameron. You know, the stuff that really matters.

That being said, we really do feel it is important to vote, if only to have the right to complain to all those people who say your vote matters when we don’t get what we wanted. We probably take the relative ease it is to vote for granted. We don’t have to risk our lives to stand in line at a polling center. Citizens of Iraq risked life and limb to vote for a largely ineffectual government – we can vote for a largely ineffectual government in complete safety.

I’ve heard a few major news networks refer to this year as the most important election in history. I think if I were a challenger running against the incumbent, I would be bringing this up more than I‘ve heard so far this fall. “You voted for that guy last time when it didn’t really matter, and look what that got you. Imagine where you’ll be next time if you vote for him again.”

This would be far better than most of the campaigning that we see on TV and read about. This election doesn’t seem to be so much about who the best candidate is, but more about who the least bad candidate is. If someone came out and said, “Look, that guy has lied, cheated, and slacked his way through his last term. Isn’t it about time you had someone new to complain about lying, cheating, and slacking while representing you?” That type of ad would probably win my vote outright as the most honest thing I’ve heard all month.

Maybe you can tell I don’t think much of the state of politics right now. That’s how I feel, but for the most part, I accept the way things work. I’m not out there running for office and trying to change things for the better, so I don’t whine or complain about it much. Just remember to go and fill out a ballot – it could be kind of like those standardized tests in school where you just try to make a design out of the answer bubbles.

And remember, if you don’t vote, the terrorists win. Unless you were planning on writing in the terrorists on your ballot, in which case, maybe you should just sit this one out.