Tuesday, November 4, 2008

It's a big day!

Today is voting day. If you are old enough to vote and have an opinion, get you butt to the polls and vote. Not sure if you're registered or if you can still register? (in MN you can register at the polls, if necessary) Go here to find out or get more info.
If you need more info on the candidates and their stances, you can click here, here, here, here or here. You can also do a google search, ask your friends/family or just pick up a newspaper!

I have one thing and only one thing to say about the elections. If you don't vote, you can't complain about what's wrong and what you don't like. If you don't have a hand at trying to change things then you don't have a voice.

I have been able to vote in the last two elections and I didn't. It makes me sad that I never cared enough to pay attention or try to change the things I didn't like. I did always complain about things and now I see I really had no right to complain about them because I didn't 'do my part' by voting.

Use your voice, say something - VOTE!


Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

I'm so excited about the election this year and am glad I voted a month ago (I've never actually voted in person -- courtesy of my homes away from home in the Air Force.)

I do have to say, however, that as a member of the military, I defend the right for Americans to express themselves. Some choose to express themselves by not voting. While I personally would not do this, I think it is the right of every American citizen to express themselves in a way in which they are comfortable. The folks who choose not to vote are making their voices heard, even though it might not be in a way I agree with.

This is the first year I've felt this way or thought about it enough to feel this way, but if you truly, truly don't like any of the candidates, you do have a right to express that by abstaining.

I think those that this applies to are few and far between, however. If people don't vote because they're lazy, then they should definitely shut the hell up.

Off my soapbox.

kristine said...

Cindy - I totally agree with you in that regard. I guess when I was posting this I wasn't thinking about the people who choose not to vote because there isn't an appropriate person for them.
There are too many people that just don't vote, they don't look into things and don't care about them, but when it comes time to complain - they are all over it. I know firsthand, since I used to be one of those people. I appreciate your commment about this. It's not often I get into anything remotely political but this time around.... it's another story!

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

Kristine -- As an educated voter, I agree with absolutely everything you say. It wasn't until someone pointed out that view to me that it made me start to think.

This election has made people excited. It's made people want to talk about it (even in the military, when the topic is generally taboo). It's an exciting day and I can. not. wait. to find out the results.

I'd totally say, "Go _______," but, I'm wearing a uniform, so I can't. But, I hope to wake up excited vs disappointed tomorrow!

Katie Osborn said...

I look at it as more of my responsibility to vote, not just a right...it's going to be an exciting night!

Eric, Cindy and Aidan said...

I also look at it as *MY* responsibility to vote. However, I don't project that same attitude towards someone else because I don't know their intentions, their situation, etc.

Whether you want to believe it or not, silence is a message and just because it's not *your* message doesn't make it the wrong message for someone else.

kristine said...

Katie - I am right with you there. I see it as my responsibility also.

Cindy - I hear ya.

It's getting heated guys - I think I might shut down comments since I don't want other people to get upset.