Four-in-ten Americans who were eligible to vote did not do so in 2016 according to Pew Research Center. None of these people thought their vote was going to make or break the election. We learned the absence of their vote could bring democracy to its knees.
The presidential candidates and their vice presidential candidates share political ideals.
If you are unsatisfied with the presidential candidates because they are too old, too white, too rich, too whatever, then use the VPs as a compass.
Listen to their comments on the state of our current affairs. Listen closely to their answers when they are asked questions about issues that are important to you and your neighbors.
Not voting simply means your voice won’t be heard and you will not be counted. Find a compass and vote.
You certainly have the right to not vote, but withholding YOUR vote doesn’t change OUR candidates. It just tells them and your local delegates that you can’t be bothered to vote.
Your vote is always your own, but maybe it is also for those who can’t yet vote like your neighbors or family members.
Maybe, your vote can be bigger than you this time.
I know that my vote felt bigger than me these last few elections, and it feels that way this time too.
You are in charge of you, so do what you think is right for you. Just as I have considered not voting in the past, I hope you consider voting.
Vote your pants on!
Yep. Put on your pants.
I know it’s a pandemic, but let’s put on our pants and vote.
Unrelated – There is one thing you should know about me when it comes to comics: Image and Boom! reign supreme on my Comixology app and in my heart.
Tony sent over a small collect of comics to me via the Comixology app while I waited for my COVID-19 tests (I took two) to come back (negative and negative – I’m a witch).
The collection included Bingo Love – Image publishing, Joe the Barbarian – Vertigo publishing, and We Only Find Them When They’re Dead – Boom! publishing.
The books were in alphabetical order when downloaded, so I started with Bingo Love without reading anything about it. I had no idea what I was reading, but by the cover it looked like a lighthearted love story with a sweet color palette.
Minutes later, I’m crying into my pillow and unable to move on with my life! I woke up this morning, and immediately berated Tony via text for being a terrible (by “terrible” I mean “absolutely wonderful”) friend and comic book nerd.
READ. THIS. COMIC.
How often to do you read anything, comic or novel, two senior women’s love story with one another? You don’t! READ THIS. READ THIS RIGHT NOW.
Seriously, though – The story is wonderfully moving. The characters are so real you almost know them somehow. The writing is on point, and the artwork is lovely.
Be ready to cry, but in a good way… Not in an oh-my-god-why-am-i-watching-cnn-again kind of way, but in a my-heart-is-full-of-all-the-feels-i-need-a-cupcake-and-a-nap kind of way.
One of us has COVID-19 which means we both have it, right? I got tested again today just in case.
More on the podcast and the comics as I put them both in my brains.
Friendly reminder – Voting is important. Refusing to vote isn’t a political statement – though it is your right. Please consider voting. If you do not like either candidate, look to the VPs to guide your choice. If we do not vote, we are telling the government that voting doesn’t matter. If voting doesn’t matter, then we are putting all of our lives in the hands of people that we did not help to elect, but that elected themselves.
Things I’ve Done
Since River passed away, I’ve taken to walking myself and riding my bicycle a lot more. Whenever I get the tug to walk River, I get up and walk Barbara.
Things I’ve Read
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert ( warning – this is a sex book. I had no idea. I bought the book based on the cover which is very cute and put me in mind of Rainbow Rowell. That being said – the writing is great, and the story is wonderful. You can skip over the sex without missing the story. So, treat like a VHS and fast forward through the stuff you don’t like. Or, don’t and tell everyone you did.)
Things I’ve Watched
The Social Dilemma – Netflix
Boston Legal – Shiny circles (DVDs)
Things I’ve Listened To
Fictional – Podcast
The Daily Stoic – Podcast
I didn’t include warnings about sexual innuendo for Boston Legal, because that show is Disney level compared to some of the commercials that are currently being played on regular television.
If you do nothing else to engage in politics, please vote.
Here’s a list of reasons to vote and thoughts on voting generally:
- If you are a single issue voter (gun control, abortion, etc.), consider putting that issue down temporarily and looking wider for presidential elections. Consider single issues for your local government and think broader for national elections.
- If you don’t want to vote for one of two white men, then look to the Vice Presidential candidates to guide your vote.
- If you don’t want to vote because there is no one worth voting for, remember that voting is a math problem. Imagine there are 100 registered voters. 50 people definitely want to vote for candidate A, and 30 definitely want to vote for candidate B. 20 registered voters don’t love either candidate and want to make a statement by not voting. The problem is the statement that is being made is not “give us someone better to vote for”. The statement is “I don’t want to vote.” This leads me to the next point-
- If you have two choices: voting for the lesser of two evils or not voting, it is worth it to be counted for the better candidate.
- Withholding your vote will not change our current options, and it will not mean that person who wins will have less influence over the laws that govern your life.
- In the future, we will hopefully have a better way to express our distastes for certain candidates. In the meantime, we need to use the system available to us while also planning for better ways to make our voices heard in the future.
Friendly reminder – Voting is important. Refusing to vote isn’t a political statement – though it is your right. Please consider voting. If you do not like either candidate, look to the VPs to guide your choice. If we do not vote, we are telling the government that voting doesn’t matter. If voting matter, then we are putting all of our lives in the hands of people that we did not help to elect, but that elected themselves.
Having a cold right now means getting tested for COVID-19. This is because the symptoms of COVID-19 are basically the same as a cold, flu or sinus infection.
Not being able to taste or smell anything is the symptom that everyone is told to look out for, but losing your sense of taste and smell can happen when you have a cold, flu or sinus infection too.
So, here I sit…on my couch…with a cold…waiting for a COVID-19 test which will tell me to continue to sit on my couch with my symptoms and rest.
River was an old dog. I’ve not been writing as much, because I have been taking care of her. On Tuesday, she left us.
This is the kind of thing you never get over. You just learn to live with it.
Thanks in advance for all of the well wishes and kind thoughts. There are no right words for something like this, so don’t feel obligated to comment. I know. 💜