Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Share Your Opinion

Yesterday, the country picked our leaders on the city level, the district level, the state level and the National level. Our voices were heard in each in every topic. If your candidate or issue or amendment passed, there are smiles on your face. If the person you voted for lost, you know it was a hard fought battle and the best person or what was best for your state or city won out in the end. Last night after the country decided the president for the next four years, Facebook and Twitter exploded with comments of jubilation and sorrow.  I read "Four More Years" I left out all the smiley faces. "If you voted for Obama, You will rot in Hell." One thing that was very certain in this election is that everyone was passionate about their candidate. However, There was one status that made me cringe in all of this last night. It wasn't one I expected to see when I logged into the social networking giant know as Facebook. The status was and I am going to paraphrase this.

"I didn't vote cause I know both candidates would ruin this country."

If you do not vote, you do not have the right to complain about the way our nation is going. 

I was seeing posts like this all night from many different people. "Both men are evil." "Why would I vote for a liar?" Statuses like this flooded my news feed all night last night in between all the happiness and sadness. It really makes me sad to see people complain about something they didn't even make their voice be heard.  When we turn 18, whether we are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Straight, Gay, fat, skinny, man or woman, we get the right to vote in an election that will affect our lives. I was brought up around a lot of people who loved history of this country and voting was not just a right it was a privilege. One of the first things I did when I turned 18 was registered to vote and I was so proud to cast my first ballot.

It doesn't matter who you voted for, it's about if you voted or not. So now I turn to you the reader. Freedom of Speech is one of the great things about the nation that we live in. If you didn't vote do you have a right to complain about how our nation, states, and cities are being run? Comment and let us know what you think.  


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well, I think that it is wrong not to vote if you are too lazy to vote or say you don't have the time. However, saying that you did not vote because you did not believe in either candidate is just as well as voting, in my opinion. You are still taking a stance and if you believe that neither person is a good choice and you don't want to vote for either person then don't. Still, there is the independent, green party, and something or other candidates who you can cast your ballot for. So to answer your question, it is not necessarily not voting, it is why you are not voting. You have no right to complain if you were too lazy to vote. So if someone says, "I hate Obama, I wish Romney won." and they didn't vote, they need to shut their mouth but if they say, "I don't like either one and so I'm going to vote for either one." then I believe that is okay.

Jim Dick said...

I honestly wish they had some sort of simple standardized test about the candidates that must be passed before a test counts.... even something as simple as a muliple choice question of the mugshot of the vice presidential nominees and likewise.... I have a feeling that would have drastically changed the landscape of the results had we only included somewhat informed opinions.