Opinion

Voting Polls Empty–Where are our voters?

Official photographic portrait of US President...

Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As I came across more and more students, I noticed a familiar question arising, “What is the point in voting?” I had to ponder this, is this what our generation is coming to? Will people be too lazy and unwilling to vote when it comes to the American public’s view on politics and changes in government?

America is a nation where people have the right to vote for their government. If you do not like the way our government is being run, vote against that political party. If you do not approve of a politician’s platform or their policies, vote against them. As an American you have the right to vote for a changing government. All you have to do is go vote. Then I thought, maybe I am looking at this the wrong way.

If one were to stay home and not vote, there are so many great opportunities to change the way our nation runs. You can go on Facebook and Twitter and complain about it to all of your social networking friends. You can even set up a group entitled “Voting Sucks”. I can certainly see how this can make a change in our politics, Obama and the rest of the Democratic party will go look on your Facebook page and see that you are upset with the way things are being done and change everything that you don’t  approve of.

This is unrealistic. Instead of sitting in class complaining to everyone that you do not approve of the American politics and there needs to be a change, get off your lazy “butt” and go vote. Your vote can make a difference; it is your voice, the nation’s voice. By sitting there you are making America look like we have no desire to make the changes we need to.

We have an opportunity to change the way our nation is regulating specific policies and laws. The media, including newspapers, can sit there and talk about how there is a need for change, but there is no way for that type of change until the American people get up and vote for what they want. We have an opportunity to vote on November 2nd and it is sad to say that there are many people who will not take that opportunity and go vote. Your loss, but do not sit there and complain about the way our government is when you didn’t make the difference.

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