“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their backs on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Go vote. Vote for the individual you like, the one that impresses you with their character, their values, and their demonstrated interest in your community’s issues and commitment to address them.
Or vote for the party you think would has the best policies to address our myirad problems and the big issues. Sometimes you may not really like the candidate but you care for the party he/she represents and that’s a dilemma that may require you to block your nose and vote for the party through him her.
Occasionally your party may present a good candidate (in your estimation) and your decision is pretty much enforced.
There is no perfect candidate, thus no perfect party, and consequently no perfect government. One thing that is forever lost on us is that we are the government. It’s not a concept that many can relate to but that doesn’t make it less true.
You have a right and responsibility as a citizen to voice your concerns, not only to your friends and family, but to the person whom you elected both singly and collectively.
Agitation and advocacy are your tools to inspire change and you should not shy away from using them when the need arises. You can also be change agents in your community by banding together to address issues closer to home.
If you believe that your last representative failed you or your community you have a protest vote to cast. That’s your prerogative as well. But sometimes we can look past that in the interest of the greater good.
Voting is a civic duty. It’s your right to select the group of men and women whom you think desirous and able to best serve our collective interest.
I can empathise with those who think that it’s an exercise in futility I’ve been there too. But that’s the only means we have to change a government that’s not working and replace it with one that we think will work, and vice versa.
We can’t pick up arms but armed with the franchise that our forefathers bled and died to bequeath to us we can be the guardians of our collective destiny.
Vote or shut the hell up.