Some of us have the luxury of living in a democracy. In case you didn’t know, democracy is Greek for “peoples choice”, and just like it has been since the dawn of this institution, that means the many vote for the few to represent us.
It’s actually quite a simple duty, to vote, but a duty nonetheless.
While my choice (had I been able to vote in the US presidential election) would’ve been very simple: “not Bush”, this rant is not about who you should vote for. Rather, I want to urge you who is able and eligible to vote, to do your democratic duty – no matter which candidate you should finally choose.
See it in a perspective—I mean the really big picture. If you take a look at the world today and compare it to what it was a hundred years ago—or indeed a thousand years ago, things have improved. The democratic system, while far from perfect, is the best we have yet to achieve in forms of governing. The individual actually can influence what happens in their country, albeit they only represent a minuscule share of the votes. It does make a difference.
It is not really about picking sides. It’s not about Bush or Kerry, it’s not about republicans or democrats. It’s about supporting the very system your or my nation was built on. If our grandfathers and mothers thought it was worth fighting and dying for, then what are you doing on your couch? You are asked upon once every 4 years. You are asked a simple question, and there is no right or wrong. Your answer is not questioned, approved or disapproved, indeed you can’t go wrong. Yet some still choose not to vote, and stay home on that one day every 4 years. By doing so, they are pissing on history, pissing on those who fought for democracy, pissing on the laws and constitutions their country was built on, and indeed pissing on every fellow countryman they’ll ever encounter.
Some say they are trying to send a message that none of the candidates represent them. Some say they do not know enough about politics. Some say they don’t care, some say it doesn’t matter. What they fail to understand is that there is a message they can send—but that message is just not to stay home.
Yes, when you are given your vote, don’t choose anyone. Just post it without voting. They’ll be counted, and added to a pile. By doing this, you are clearly saying “Yes, I care—I voted, but neither of the candidates swayed me, or informed me enough about what this is all about! Do better next time please!”
This is a message. Clearly, if enough people didn’t care for either of the available candidates and voted blanks, then truly new options would appear by the next election. Staying home wouldn’t send this message… if anything it would say “I don’t care, you can run my country in whatever way you please.”
There is no excuse not to vote. Now go register, and do your duty!