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After you voted today, how did you feel?
Were you proud of fulfilling your civic duty? Were you happy that your vote will contribute to your candidate winning? Were you indifferent because you think your candidate will lose?
I just voted today. I feel good, Not because the person I voted for will win or lose ( well I hope he will win) mostly because we have the right to vote. In many countries, people do not have the right to vote. In the United States we have the right to vote. That is very important. We need to keep the right to vote. In terms of voting, we are the bosses of the politicians. We need to let them know that. We hire them and we can fire them! I want to let them know that fact. WE HIRE THEM AND WE CAN FIRE THEM. OUR VOTE IS MORE POWERFUL THEN A SUPER PAC! Ok, I am done raving and ranting now.
I always vote, and I always do it in person, at the polling station. I like to see who is turning out and to greet friends. There are no feelings of triumph or defeat, no pride or shame in doing it, no happiness or sadness from participation in what has become a corrupt, rigged system of pseudoelection, but I still do it out of a sense of social responsibility. Emotional embellishment of that would be both pointless and illogical, wouldn't it? Who cares how I or anyone else might "feel" about an act as objective and diminished as voting? I certainly don't. Save the "feelings" for the sociopolitical system that has stripped voting of most of its meaning and transformed the people into flocks of sheep to be sheared and slaughtered by the most professional political manipulators who happen to be running for the position of shepherd this time around. Involving "feelings" in the act of voting itself is to succumb to the corruption. Stop feeling and start thinking before it's too late, if it's not already.
I won't go into my whole story here, but I can tell you that in the last twenty years I've seen no signs of having my Constitutional Rights (and any number of other rights) honored or protected. I'm not some "anti-government nut" and never have been. I'm about as mainstream a person as it gets. Anyway, unpleasant (and even "unthinkable") as it will come across to a lot of people, I've "mentally separated myself" from both the state and country in which I was born. They aren't "mine" any more. I can respect the positive aspects of both, but as "an outsider" . Beyond the respect for whatever I do recognize as positive, I actually do feel deeply about the fact that my children were able to grow up without the kind of threats to physical well-being and safety that some other mother's kids grow up under. So, I'm not completely "dead inside" when it comes to the country. I am, though, completely separated and someone who very much views it as "someone else's country". It took awhile for "The System" to really get me to get the message that I don't exist and don't have the same rights to freedom and some protections that some other people have, but I eventually got the message. (Nice, attractive-looking flag, though; and really lovely words on paper that Constitution is.) I don't hate the country and certainly don't want any harm to come to it. It's simply that I no longer think of it as my own and now understand those who feel the same way for reasons similar to mine.
I do care, though, about other Americans (even those who live, as I once did, under the illusion that their rights will always be guaranteed, particularly if/when they most need to test that guarantee). So, while my vote means little to me, personally; and while I felt absolutely "zero" when I voted, I did the grown-up thing of voting for who/what I think would be best for those other Americans in general.
Fortunately for a lot of people, many never have to really test out those "guarantees" of rights. Unfortunately, when it comes to who/what we people want to vote in favor of, too many people have not had to test those "guarantees" of rights to freedom and equality. I'm not writing out of anger here. I'm writing here because I'm hoping to make other Americans aware that a shortage of jobs might actually be the least of the problems in/with this country.
by rebekahELLE5 years ago
I voted last Saturday, Florida's first day of early voting. It ends tomorrow at 7. Our Republican governor cut our early voting days in half this year, and said no to a request from Florida Democrats to...
by marinealways248 years ago
We use the internet for everything. Why not the internet? If we voted by internet, this would almost cancel out need for politicians. With internet voting, the people could vote on the laws. With internet, the country...
by Peeples5 years ago
Should I just accept that my husband won't vote?I almost never disagree with my husband. However he has the "No need to vote when they're all the same" mentality. I am really wanting him to vote or at least...
by Faith Reaper4 years ago
Are you registered to vote, and if so, are you going to vote in the upcoming election?I really do not care to know for whom you will or will not be voting, but just to know how many are registered and are going to vote,...
by mimisays8 years ago
I fear I am the only one...I know my reasons, I would love to know yours.... What do you say to people who assume you voted for him because you are black?
by Michele Travis5 years ago
Do you NOT vote? If you don't vote, why?In the 2008 Presidential election only 63% of people who had registered to vote actually voted. This was the highest number of people who voted since 1968. ...
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