06 November 2012

The privelege of voting

Y'all, I am a convicted felon. This means I can't vote. Eventually, I'll be able to reapply for the right to do so, but it hasn't been long enough yet.

I wish I could vote.

My politics don't matter. What I believe, politically or socially, is irrelevant. Whether I am this party or that party has no bearing.

I don't currently have the right to vote, and I wish I did.

For the love of all that is holy, if you have the right to vote, go fucking vote. Exercise your right. Even if you support a candidate that isn't affiliated with one of the major political parties in this nation, vote. If enough people felt that way, and voted that way, eventually the major parties will take the hint and realize they are alienating too many voters with their incessant horseshit.

For the love of all that is holy, go vote. One of these days, I will be able to vote again, and you better believe that I am going to vote. Voting is a right in this country, and once I regain that right, you better believe I will exercise it.

Go vote, people.

9 comments:

  1. I so agree with this - - voting is a privilege and a right that we should never ever take for granted and that we should always exercise when given the opportunity. Otherwise, what's the point of living in a free country??

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  2. While I have always, and will for the foreseeable future, vote, I am following the writing of some people who will not participate in the elections. The way they see it, their choice is like a parent who asks a powerless child: do you want to be beaten with my belt, or with a wooden spoon. I get that viewpoint. Truthfully, each election I struggle more, not less, with whom I vote.

    And I do more than vote. I am active in civic politics, I take an active (as best as possible with smallish children at home) role in issues affecting my province and country. I am agog with the way that politicians "need" people at election time but practically spit tacks in the face of the same electorate when they have the power.

    I'm thinking there has to be a better way.

    And btw, I think it is BULLSHIT that you can't vote. BULLSHIT. But that is another topic for another day, I suppose.

    Peace. We're watching from North of the border ...

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    1. Yeah, the criminalization of addiction continues to make it hard for people like me to find recovery. I can't vote, am denied for apartment rentals, disqualified when I apply for employment, and scrutinized quite closely by many police officers for something as simple as not wearing a seatbelt (thank heaven not ALL cops are like that toward me).

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    2. Love you Cindy. That criminalisation is bs too.

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  3. Thanks for putting it into perspective. Everyone who has gained the right to vote should go vote.

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    1. I hope this means that you did bote? :-)

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  4. Yes.

    You know I wish you could vote, but unfortunately that doesn't change the situation.

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    1. I'll be able to vote again someday, so I'm hanging in there til then.

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