Defending the Raven

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Democracy Is…

not a spectator sport.

I could expound on my own personal political and social beliefs, but that is not the point. I could tell you what you should do tomorrow, especially those of you who I know read who live inparticular parts of the country. But that is not why I’m writing this.

Fact of the matter is no matter how small the race or how much you think someone is going to win by a landslide go vote tomorrow. It’s pathetic the number of people who do not vote every year. It’s inconvenient? It’s hard to take the time out of my day to do it? You’re damn right it is!! But relish in the fact that you can. Voting should be made easier, but the fact that it’s not always for everyone shouldn’t matter. The reason is because in my mind, if you did not vote, you do not get the right to complain. You do not have the right to enter into a debate about our nation and where it’s going. The one vehicle in which we all can be one is our right to vote. I don’t care if where you stand on issues, you don’t stand very strong for them if you don’t vote.

So stop talking. Stop complaining. And do something about it. I happen to live in an area of the country where my beliefs are well shared by most of my fellow citizens. My voting tomorrow will change little in the grand scheme of thigns. But what it will do is show that I want to stand-up and be counted. So make the time tomorrow. Even if you live in an area where the most hotly contested race is town sheriff or you live in an area where there is an important House, Senate, and Governor’s races or an important ballot initiative — Go and vote. Take you kid. Your dog. Your spouse. The old lady down the street. And when you get in the booth and punch a card, pull a lever, or tap a screen, do so with the conviction of your own beliefs and not what someone told you you should do — not your mother, your husband, your pastor, or the ad on TV. Do what you believe is right for you because you do not know when it will make a difference for the rest of us.

Then walk around tomorrow proud in the fact that you participated in a process that is very young in the history of our world, and a right that the majority of ancestors would have or did die for. And when things don’t do the way you want or they do — then you can shoot your mouth off as loud and proud as you want because you participated. You cared. AND THAT IS WHAT MATTERS MOST!

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November 6, 2006 - Posted by | Off-topic

3 Comments »

  1. Really good post man. Challening in fact. I love the comment that you made along the lines of if you dont vote you dont have a right to complain. This is true. So many people in the UK dont vote but there is a hell of a lot of complaining about the state of our Country! Wise and interesting words man! Scott, UK.

    P.S I am new to your blog and really enjoying it!

    Comment by Anonymous | November 11, 2006 | Reply

  2. Alright, this doesn’t relate to this post AT ALL. However, I just wanted to comment about finding your blog and how INTERESTING it is. I know I’ll be back for more.

    Sunshine

    Comment by SavvySunshine | November 21, 2006 | Reply

  3. Thanks S.S. I hope you enjoy the rest that is to come!

    Comment by Raven in NYC (aka Mark) | November 27, 2006 | Reply


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