GET OUT AND VOTE!

by Steve Clem on November 20, 2010

I tend to listen to advice from my mom.

Two things you don’t bring up at the dinner table: politics and religion.

And in this virtual dinner table we call the interwebz, I tend to follow those rules as well.

But since I brought the topic up, let me first tell you I’m a complete mish-mash politically speaking.

I’ve been a registered Republican, and I’ve been a registered Democrat. I’ve worked for campaigns for both parties. I’ve left both parties when extremists inside the party push out those who are more moderate.

And I’ve become very jaded about the system.

Good people don’t run for office anymore, and the few that do end up being corrupted by the money/lobbying game soon enough.

Getting re-elected has become a full-time job for nearly every politician, as opposed to doing the right thing. Or doing anything.

And the political debate in this country has become a shouting match full of name-calling, finger-pointing and half-truths.

And both sides of the aisle have become so obsessed with maintaining their power hold, they’ve forgotten how to work together and compromise on the things we can all agree on.

Yes, the American political machine is a bit like a hot dog…I don’t really want to see what goes into it.

But I still vote.

Because the day I stop caring enough to vote is the day that our already fractured system may as well just be declared obsolete.

So I don’t care who you vote for, or why you vote for them.

But for God’s sake, just vote.

It’s all we’ve got left.

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Steve Clem originally published this piece on the blog A Prisoner in the Tundra.

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