It’s election time in the U.S., so pay attention to what’s going on. Go research the candidates, figure out which one you think is best for the position, and then go vote for them. If you can, ignore the rhetoric, mudslinging, lies, stupidity, misinformation, populism, and the cults of personality. Then go vote. Find someone in whom you can place your full confidence. Then go vote.
I don’t much care who you vote for, just please, please remember…
- Vote for, not against, whenever possible.
- Choosing the lesser of evils is still choosing evil.
- Gaming the system and trying to “pick the winner” is letting someone else dictate your vote.
- Vote for someone you can support, and who you think is best for the job you’re looking at.
- It’s possible to vote third (or fourth, whatever) party, and if you’re lucky, to write someone else in. Even if you don’t want to exercise that right, fear the day when literally the only possible choices are those the government gives you.
- Voting is a deeply personal right. Make it personal. Do your own homework, make your own choice.
- We the People have the power to vote as a check and balance against abuse in the government. Use that power.
Lastly, take some pictures. The trees are beautiful this time of year.
Disclosure: I will not be voting for Pikachu… even though he looks pretty darn Presidential.
Edited to add:
If you can’t find someone to vote for after doing homework on it, certainly, choosing not to vote is an option. I’ve exercised it myself. Thing is, how can we get our point across that we’re choosing not to vote, rather than forgetting to or not caring about it at all? Would a “none of the above” checkbox help? *shrug* Then again, Senator Palpatine was able to take control partially because of a “no confidence” vote… Hmm…