I have a few things to say to the disenchanted voters, the disillusioned, the world-weary, the cynical, the drop-outs, the cop outs, and all Americans who say that they believe our government is so corrupt and our politicians are all such crooks that they cannot stir themselves to cast a vote in any election. These folks (and I have heard mostly men speak like this although I am sure that there are women who feel this way also) think that not voting makes a statement, that opting out of the system will eventually crash the system. Some want a reboot to a better, fairer government; some want anarchy, a government which exercises no control at all. Oh yes, let’s put 7+ billion people on a small planet and see what happens when the rules are ‘every man for himself’, and when there is no centralized fund to spend on, well, anything. Whose idea of nirvana is that?
If these people who choose not to vote stick us with a government run by a Tea Party extremist I hope that they are the first among us to realize what a mistake it was not to vote. People who don’t vote are actually voting for someone but they get to do it passively and they get no blame if the next power people do not best represent the needs of the nation. Circumstances matter in an election. Democracy requires participation.
People all over the world are disenfranchised and have no right to vote or their vote truly is just for show. We could live in a nation like Syria with a leader like Assad who does not mind turning over half of his citizens into refugees to burden other nations. The Syrians had to vote with their feet, sometimes their lives, and they had to leave their possessions behind. We could live in a nation like North Korea which apparently starves its citizens to build a hydrogen bomb that will threaten America.
When you opt out of voting you are making choices for all of us. You are not actually cynical, you are arrogant. You think you are an arbiter of truth and a punisher of failure or unfairness, but you actually help bad government thrive. There are no perfect people; there are no perfect governments. Perhaps your vote does not carry the weight it once did. Not voting will not cure this. Those who win are thrilled that you didn’t vote. They counted on it. Those who lost cannot be helped by you in any way, even if those losers would have been best for our nation’s future. You have not been sidelined. You have sidelined yourselves. How will our nation ever improve its ways if people who are intelligent enough to be disillusioned are spineless enough to go to their corner and pout about it? You folks who have disenfranchised yourselves are getting on my last nerve. You are the other pod people.
Please take a stand for something and vote in 2016.
By Nancy Brisson