Now, this is not the kind of post where I shamelessly wave my political views in front of your face, like a kid with an ice cream cone, claiming my opinions as fact and my thoughts as truth. This is also not the kind of post where I give you “100 reasons” why I’d never vote for one candidate or the other, without any kind of basis for my reasoning other than that the candidate is “terrible.” I’m not here to tell you who I voted for, and I’m also not here to tell you who you should’ve voted for.
But I am here to say something that I feel needs to be said. It is regarding the election, but don’t worry, I won’t spend too much time being political.
Well, here goes nothing.
I hate the stickers. The “I’m A Georgia Voter” ones. Like the one I shamelessly selfie’d in and wore for the entire day after I cast my vote. Yes, there is a certain national pride that seemingly adheres itself to the adhesive Georgia peach, and it’s great to exercise your right, don’t get me wrong. That’s not what this is about. I was happy to stand in the poll line for two and a half hours because it meant that so many people in my area were making their voices heard. And voting is a great way to be involved with the goings-on of your nation.
I hate the stickers because it prolongs the notion that election day is the only day that American citizens need to be (or even can be) involved with the political system of their government. The stickers say that on this day, I did my part, and now I’m done. I’ve done all that I can do.
How much different would our society look if everyone wore a sticker that read “I’m a Georgia Citizen” with the same amount of pride? It’s the same concept. Your citizenship, not your ownership of identification and ability to follow some prompts on a screen, denotes your political voice.
Your United States citizenship means just as much every day of the week as it does in an election year on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.
Let’s imagine for a sec if our founding fathers had written “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, pledge to only speak our mind and/or be involved with the growth of our country once every four years…” If they had been as committed as we are, our history textbooks would look extraordinarily different.
And I know this is my pot calling your kettle black, here. I probably don’t do enough to stay involved with what goes on in our everyday politics. Okay, I definitely don’t. But we all get super riled up, heated, and opinionated once every four years, and then two weeks after election day, it’s like nothing ever happened. The issues seem to vanish into thin air. This makes me think that if people spoke up about and studied up on political issues more often throughout the non-election years, maybe election year conversations wouldn’t be as charged. We would definitely be considerably more up-to-date on issues, and there wouldn’t be any of this breaking-news-a-week-before-election-day type bull shit. And even though one side of this “breaking news” is considerably more political than the other, I mean on both sides of the ticket.
But when it comes down to it, I think this quote by Douglas Adams sums it quite nicely.
“To summarize: it is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it. To summarize the summary: anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job. To summarize the summary of the summary: people are a problem.”
So let’s not be a problem, people. Let’s decide to involve ourselves–our well-being depends on it.