“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” -FDR
I am tired of friends, neighbors, people I don’t even know being apathetic toward local elections and community groups. People who don’t do the research and cast a vote for any candidate get under my skin even more than those who passionately vote for the opponent of who I support. How do we think things change? The POTUS sure as hell isn’t going to save our city’s public schools, keep greedy investors from monopolizing all affordable housing in the neighborhood, or repair the potholes on our streets. It’s the aldermen, the states reps, state senators, mayors, governors who do that. I wish so hard that all of my friends were registered voters in their respective cities and wards. I wish people would not just listen to the sometimes empty words politicians say, but dig beneath the surface and research how these elected officials have voted on legislation and read about the politician’s history. Or that they would at least listen to me when I tell them about these things and cast their vote according to the information I give them. It would make such a big difference…or at least it could. If the same people keep voting for the same candidates, nothing will change. If new, younger, voters use the internet (because we all love the internet) for just 10 minutes a week to read about the elected officials who represent them, they will probably feel more connected to the neighborhood, and more compelled to vote. Voting is so important. You want to continually complain about potholes, street lights being out, crime, CTA prices, county tax, garbage collection, parking meters? Then you vote. Otherwise, stop your complaining. I found this piece of art on the internet today, and it speaks wonders to my life philosophy.
You’ve lived in Chicago for over a year and see yourself living here for at least another and thus feel the right to complain about city/state issues, but you’re registered to vote in your home state that you swear you’ll never go back to? Then do as this sticker says and “get off of your lazy ass” and change your voter registration information. If you go downtown, it takes no more than 10 minutes. Or, you can print off a form, fill it out, and mail or fax it in. Easy. That’s how you begin to fix the problems about which you choose to complain; you make a move. Otherwise, you don’t complain about it (ok yes, there are extreme cases and situations in which maybe people are not able to register to vote, but those aren’t the people I am talking about.)
This isn’t even where this blog post was supposed to go. It was supposed to be about how much it bothers me that incredibly dishonest and lying people can hold elected office for years on end, how they berate their opponents and their opponent’s supporters. How they present false truths to unknowing voters and paint their opponent as a bad person, when it is in fact themself who is the conniving, puppet of a person who lies to constituents. And all for their own, personal benefit. That’s what this was supposed to be about, but we’ll save that for tomorrow I guess.