Opinion: Voting not always worth it
Caught your attention with that one word, didn’t I? It’s a big deal, right?
I don’t vote. It’s not because I’m being a rebel or trying to support anarchy, but because, in order to vote, in my opinion, you should know for whom you’re voting. You should have at least a semi-educated opinion on them based on things you actually know about them, not just what your friends think, what your parents think, or what the media tells you to think. You would be shocked to know how many people I have asked, “Why are you voting for Obama/Romney?” and the answer I get back is, “Because he is better than Obama/Romney.”
How in the world do you know that? How do you know who is better than who? Reporters are dragging skeletons out of both their closets left and right.
And another factor that affects my choice is whether my voice even matters. Think about it: My opinion on who should win the election is one of 314,165,191. It’s me vs. everyone who is against my opinion.
While we are on this note, I have to mention that I get a lot of flak for not voting. It comes from every direction, really, even from my family. They say, “You don’t have a right to complain if you don’t vote.” How does that make any sort of sense? If you vote and you elect dishonest, incompetent blowhards that go and screw up, you have no right to complain. You put him or her there. I didn’t. I don’t choose the person who is elected, so in that respect, I am not at fault, so I can complain.
I also hear the “What about the struggles the American people went through to get that right?” argument. I am well aware of the struggles Americans went through to get us our right to vote, but think about it: Wouldn’t they want us to make an educated decision?
Voting gives you the ability to cause someone to gain or lose a particular post or honor by means of a vote. What if I vote wrong? I’ll catch flak for that, depending on who I voted for. Really, in voting, it’s a lose-lose situation.
That’s why I don’t vote, and I don’t care how you vote. To each their own, right?
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