Some people say there is no difference between Democrats and Republicans. Tell that to the thousands of unemployed who saw their unemployment benefits extended because of Democrats forcing the issue in the halls of Congress, or the thousands of military personnel who returned home from war in Iraq, or the LGBTQ members of the military who no longer have to hide their sexual orientation, or the hundreds of transgender men and women in Nevada who no longer have to fear retribution from employers or landlords because of their status, or the millions of undocumented waiting with baited breath for House Republicans to hold a vote on the comprehensive immigration reform bill, or the seniors who are living on fixed incomes because their life savings were wiped out by Wall Street greed. Tell them you can’t tell any difference.
Or tell them this: Former U.S. Presidents Jimmy Carter (D) is 90 years old and still building homes for Habitat for Humanity. Bill Clinton (D) founded the Clinton Foundation and is working on finding international solutions to global problems. George W. Bush (R) is painting and having barbeques at home in Texas.
At the end of the day…..
believe it is the responsibility of government to care for all individuals, even if it means giving up some individual rights and/or subordinating enterprise and initiative. Democrats support equal rights and opportunities for the working and lower classes, as well as the right to civil liberties that protect individuals from the government's interference.
believe that each person is responsible for his or her own lot in life. As a general rule, government's role and reach is limited. Business is "king" and Republicans tend to believe that lower tax rates promote spending that leads to a strong economy.
Some people say that if you don't vote, you forfeit the right to complain. And that would be true. But more to the point, if you, you're going to contribute to a much uglier tomorrow. Do you really believe that the middle class is going to fare better under a Republican leadership? You think restricted voter access, women's reproductive rights, marriage equality, Wall Street greed, civil rights issues and more aren't on the chopping block?
Here’s the bottom line
: if you’re okay with having illogical and dangerous gun laws, severely limiting or eliminating women’s reproductive rights, putting prayer and or the lessons of the Bible in the classroom; if you believe global warming is a hoax, that big business is fundamentally honest and has no need for regulation, that people don’t deserve healthcare or food or a living wage because of personal choices they made in life; that Social Security and Medicare are entitlements equivalent to welfare, that “equal justice for all” as stated in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t really mean each and every person, then it doesn’t matter if you don’t vote.
But if you care, even just a little bit about humanity, social justice and equal opportunity for every human being, you’ll get out there and vote and you’ll vote the Democratic ticket up and down the ballot
. You’re not going to prove a point by not voting because the alternative, that YOU will help create, is frankly, much, much worse than whatever personal frustration you currently feel.
I get it that you might be angry or turned off or even uninterested. But you've got two choices: you can go go vote or you can take credit for helping destroy everything we've been working toward this past decade. Unless you're desperately ill or caring for someone who is, or you're in some dire life crisis, you've got to go vote.
But, after all this, you still think your reasons for not voting are valid, just know that I think your excuse sucks