On the Upbeat, Positively Carolan

Privilege, responsibility or who cares

A disdainful comment I just read on facebook to Dr. Robert Reich’s explanation of voting as a privilege …

I too am disgusted with politics but that’s all the complaining I can do because I watch none of it. Someone who doesn’t know what each person stands for should not vote. Would you rather I go in and just start marking bubbles. Um, and I’m not gonna start listening anytime soon. Just saying

Well, I just had to respond in a way that I hope might get this young woman (and others) thinking and — tada — voting!

Your attitude stinks! I presume you are a youngish person and it is all the more important that you and your peers understand your responsibility as a citizen of your country. No, we the electorate never know everything about every candidate but do you know everything about every member of your family or every friend you have? Of course not! Better to know what you believe in and take a look at voter information.

Being disgusted and opting out is a big reason why you are unhappy with politics. As anthropologist Margaret Mead once said,l “A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” You can do it — Vote next Tuesday and feel better about yourself and your country!



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