Don’t Complain if You Don’t Vote

It takes 5 minutes to stand behind this booth every November.

What happens when you decide to not vote in elections?

-If you don’t vote, then you have nothing to bitch about.

-You’re not allowed to complain about the policies or laws that are being created, debated, voted on, and signed.

-You don’t have a right to form an opinion on anything.

-The best way of saying it in my opinion:  shut up.

I’ve voted in every election, school, special, big and small since I turned 18.  Just because you voted for President in 2008 and nothing else before or after ’08, you have no credibility in my book. You’re just a bandwagon jumper.

If you didn’t make an effort to educate yourselves on the issues and candidates, that’s a “you” problem.

For those who are whining about the negative campaign ads, I don’t want to hear it.  You enjoyed it at first, and now you can’t stand seeing them now.  If we seriously want to curb the negative ads and the false accusations being tossed around, stop whining, get up, and let both political parties and third-party organizations know that you will not put up with it.

Or turn the television.

You have the right to vote.  You also have the right to demand better behavior and “why” we should vote for a candidate, not watch 30 seconds of slander.

Secondly, if you’re going to vote, then you go to the polls for everything that is being voted on, from school board elections to mayoral elections.  From Senate elections to judicial retentions.  I hate voters who only vote on Presidential and high-state level elections.  It’s a lazy way of saying “I did my part!”, when you really didn’t.

Tuesday is Election Day.  If you head out to make your final decision, be courteous, civil, and respectful.  If your candidate wins, don’t celebrate like a mad man and talk trash.  Your candidate might be the one who loses the next time around.  If your candidate loses, tip your hate to the opponent and hope that they can do the best job possible.

Don’t be a Joy Behar or a Bill O’Reilly.  We don’t have time for people to act uncivil when they can’t get their way or if the election didn’t go out as they hoped for.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. R.H. says:

    Both of them are silly in my book. O’Reilly’s a bad guy hands down. Joy should pick and choose her fights. Makes no reason to pick a fight with him when you know what’s going to happen.

  2. coach says:

    Tough to compare Joy to Bill. I agree about the importance of voting, but that statement is hard to justify no matter what side you’re on.

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