Does my #vote really matter?

I am not ashamed to admit that when I first turned 18 I wasn’t that excited about voting.  Although I knew about the Civil Rights Movement and Women’s Liberation, it didn’t really dawn on me how voting affected my life.  Even when I was in college, I didn’t quite get it.  We were living in times of prosperity and growth so not many people had that much to complain about. I was young at the time and oblivious to a lot of what was happening in the world, outside of my immediate circumstances.

However, as an adult… this is a whole new world.  I am more conscious of what is happening around me, how it affects my circumstances today and how our decisions affect the world that we are creating for our children.  I am concerned because it seems that a lot of society still doesn’t get it.  Your vote counts because the majority wins.  It doesn’t matter who is the most passionate, who buys the most campaign ads, who has the best ideas or who gives the best campaign speech if WE don’t get out and vote for them.

Today is the day for you to make your voice count.  If you don’t know where to go and vote… click this link >>>>>

Take some time and find out who is running for office and what their plan is for our future.  We are at a critical point in our society and voting from now and into the foreseeable future should be a priority in your life.  The decisions that are being made by our government affect your ability to find and maintain gainful employment, to attain health insurance, how our civil liberties will be protected and so much more.

There are just a few things that I hope you will keep in mind…

  • We must vote and keep in mind the collective interest of the citizens of our country.  Any candidate that only wants to represent people like them, even if you are one of those people, should not be elected.  A political leader should want to make sure
    ALL citizens are taken care of.
  • The future of our society depends on the leadership and guidance of these individuals.  If the only thing a politician can offer is smear attacks against their opponents, what do you think they are going to do when they are in office?  In my opinion… continue to be divisive and distracting.
  • Don’t consider how long someone has been in office or how inexperienced they are politically.  There are many qualities needed to run a government, which is essentially like running a million, billion or trillion-dollar corporation (depending on the level of service they are offering themselves).  If you wouldn’t hire them to make good corporate decisions then how you can you count on them to run our government?
  • Think long and hard about those demanding that they take back America.  First we need to figure out who they want to take it back from… then we need to know where they are planning to take it because moving backwards should not be an option.  We need visionaries who are committed to working together so that real legislation can be passed that makes our country a better place to live not restoring old policies that have created a disparity between.
  • Finally, don’t forget Civics 101… Our government is made up of three branches of government.  You can not depend on any one branch to make a significant difference.  Don’t blame our President for our economic mess… there is more than enough blame to be distributed to all members of Congress, past and present, as well as past leadership.  Our government is an imperfect system being run by imperfect people who should be doing their best to make a positive difference in our world.

The decisions that we make today will impact our future.  Don’t VOTE based on superficial issues, take a moment, use Google and get to know the people you are electing to lead our nation.  Most of us spend more time researching celebrities, who can do nothing for us, then we do the political leaders in charge of our future.





2 thoughts on “Does my #vote really matter?

  1. If it doesn’t count for anyone or anything else but me I am happy to do it. Too many people worked hard for me to have the opportunity and I will not squander it or take it for granted.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate


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