Who Doesn’t Want To Vote

When I was growing up, voting, like getting your driver’s license, was a right of passage into adulthood. It was something we all wanted to do.

Long before I was old enough to go to the polls, I wore campaign buttons, debated propositions, and voted in meaningless elections during history class. How I wanted the right to vote in the real thing. I could hardly wait. It was part right, part responsibility, and definitely a signal that I’d arrived into the world as an adult.

I’m not sure what’s happened, but voting seems to be something more and more people take for granted, and don’t bother to do. I know the system here in California has been broken for a long, long time. There have been few competitive races and consequently no sense of urgency.

As a matter of fact, I saw my first political ad for President last week. I’m not kidding. There’s no need to run ads when you know you have the state won, or when you know you haven’t got a chance to break the opposing party’s stranglehold on the electorate.

What a sad state of affairs. Once voters chose who they thought would be the best person for the office, regardless of office. Now, the first question seems to be, what party is he in?

Once a true leader was the person who could compromise with those holding differing views and reach an agreeable solution for all sides. Now someone who compromises is considered a flip-flopper and not someone a voter can rely on.

How odd it seemed to me to hear Mr. Obama during the debates try to pin Mr. Romney to a specific agenda of tax loopholes he would close if elected President. Mr. Romney had the gall to say he’d work with Congress and find the loopholes in a bi-partisan way. Horrors! That was considered a plan without a plan.

All this line-drawing and party-over-country politics is chasing away voters, I believe.

So my cry is, DON’T LET IT. If you live in a democracy, stand up for your right to vote by voting. See you at the polls.

Published in: on November 5, 2012 at 7:04 pm  Comments (8)  
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  1. My cry is, Don’t vote! That way only the candidates I voted for will win.

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    • Hahah! That’s an approach I haven’t thought of before, Bob. Might try it. Seems like about the only way those I vote for in in SoCal will win! 😕

      Becky

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  2. You haven’t been seeing TV ads?!! Be thankful-VERY thankful-you don’t live in a battleground state! We’ve seen enough for now and for 2016 too!!

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    • It’s a curse and a blessing not being in a battleground state, Kathy. We are completely ignored by the presidential candidates, which makes me, at least, feel as if my vote is largely irrelevant. On the other hand, we’ve been spared the litany of ads that brings children to tears.

      To off-set the latter, however, we have ads upon ads upon ads arguing for or against some hot-button propositions.

      Becky

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  3. Becky, have you seen this book? I learned about it in an airport while I was on a book tour. I found it to be a fascinating look at politics and Christianity and what the younger generation might be thinking.

    http://www.amazon.com/Faith-Our-Own-Following-Culture/dp/0446557234/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352217181&sr=8-1&keywords=a+faith+of+our+own

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    • Definitely looks interesting, Jill. Thanks for sharing the link.

      I guess the thing I’ve noticed is this: voting seems to have lost its allure in the sense that a) it’s not seen as a window of change, individually or nationally (which was also true when I was growing up); and b) isn’t looked at as a responsibility (I voted even when I didn’t think it would matter–often after the news pundits had already declared a winner. Now those were hard!)

      Becky

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      • Yeah… it used to stress me out to the point of tears. I hated the idea of trying to vote for people I didn’t know personally. It felt sort of wrong to me. Like all I really had to go on was what each person’s PR people or his or her political party released. It’s still hard for me.

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  4. BTW, I voted! 🙂

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