Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Does Your Vote REALLY COUNT?
That set me off! I TOLD HIM THAT YES. IT DOES COUNT. He was so surprised that I was so vehement that He needed to vote. As he questioned me more on WHY? I told him that it was his DUTY as an American to vote. I don't care which way you vote, but you do need to vote. He still said it doesn't count.
I started thinking about why so many younger people think that, and I am befuddled. Is it because you find someone else that can cancel out your vote? Is it because of the Electoral College? (Which I did not mention to him as I don't think he would have understood). Is it maybe because no one listens to him? He said that he would call someone and tell them he does not want to go to any war. But they would not listen.
In some respects he is correct. I don't know how many emails I have sent to my legislators, only to get the standard "thank you for your letter" return. DOES any one listen any more?
I am not going to give up on this young man, I see him once a week, And I will continue to advise him to at least learn what the issues are, and then make up his own mind, on what he wants to see, and then let his legislators know what he needs, and then REGISTER TO VOTE!
I wrote this post several weeks ago, intending to add more to it, but in re-reading it, I think I will post it now and then compose a further one later on towards the elections. It is very important that no matter which way you vote, that you DO! otherwise you have no right to complain, because you did nothing to try and change it.