Pull Your Head Out: PSA – VOTE! Damn it… Just Vote.

 

"...the current crop of 18-25 year-olds is the most politically apathetic generation in American history. In 1972, half of that age group voted. In the last election, 32%. Your generation is considerably less likely than any previous one to write or call public officials, attend rallies, or work on political campaigns. A man once said this, "decisions are made by those who show up." So are we failing you, or are you failing us? It's a little of both." ~ President Bartlet, The West Wing ~

“…the current crop of 18-25 year-olds is the most politically apathetic generation in American history. In 1972, half of that age group voted. In the last election, 32%. Your generation is considerably less likely than any previous one to write or call public officials, attend rallies, or work on political campaigns. A man once said this, “decisions are made by those who show up.” So are we failing you, or are you failing us? It’s a little of both.”
~ President Bartlet, The West Wing ~

 

We here at The Ministers of Good Taste try not to be political in this space, but today is the Primary Election in our home state and we wanted to take a minute to remind those of you that still have time to VOTE!  We bring you this Public Service Announcement without any political affiliations, just a desire to help spur better civic involvement.

Ballots have been out for about two weeks here in Washington State, and in our home county only 19% have been returned; based on historical trends and current projections – I’d be surprised if we hit 40% when all is said and done…  And that’s just sad.

It’s no longer a question of who’s failing who, but a question of how long are we going to continue to fail ourselves?  Decisions are made by those who show up, and the fact that less than half of those who even bother to register to vote decide to cast their ballots in primaries means that decisions affecting us all are decided by so small a majority it’s laughable at times.

And nobody’s happy with the results…  but somehow we’re all surprised.

“You have a decision to make: don’t vote for us because you think we’re perfect, don’t vote for us because of what we might be able to do for you only – vote for the person who shares your ideals, your hopes, your dreams.  Vote for the person who most embodies what you believe we need to keep our nation strong and free.”

~ Matt Santos, The West Wing ~

We really shouldn’t be.  And we really shouldn’t be complaining about the situation while there are still things we can do to make it better.  And we can make it better.

Because there is a solution.  I can’t guarantee we’ll all be happy all of the time, but I can guarantee that we can feel better about the process, more secure in the integrity of the system, and more comfortable with the level of people’s input into decision making.  Educate yourself and vote.  Four words.  That’s it.  Educate yourself and vote.

With more information available to us on our smartphones than previous generations had available throughout the entirety of their lives, and the amount of time we dedicate to looking at different memes throughout the day – the arguments that it’s too complicated or that we don’t have enough time just don’t fly anymore.  So when you get your ballot and your voter’s pamphlet this year – check out the candidates, meet them in person, Google them, find out who supports them.  If you’re in an area with initiatives – do the same thing; there’s no shortage of information out there and there’s no shortage of opinions either.  You owe it to your community, the future and yourself to do this.  So do it!

Again, four simple words: Educate Yourself and Vote.  I don’t care if you vote Democrat, Republican, Whig, Libertarian, or Bull Moose (I really do, but that’s beside the point)…  Just be educated when you do it.  And make sure those around you do the same!

Educate yourself and vote.  That is all – I’m out.

~ J.T. Riles ~

 

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