I have always been weirdly nerdy about voting. I registered to vote on my eighteenth birthday, and made the library ladies take my picture doing it so I could commemorate the moment. I vote in every election, no matter how small, partially because I enjoy performing my civic duty, and partially because it makes me feel super, super powerful, as if my one vote is what is going to make or break any race. “These poll numbers are all well and good,” a candidate might say. “But do we have the Oja contingent?”
That having been said, I don’t generally like to talk about politics, because while I pride myself on staying informed, my version of “informed” is “reading articles in thirty second intervals between microwaving dinosaur chicken nuggets and attempting to prevent my children from killing themselves while performing cannonballs in the bathtub.” I am in no position to argue convincingly in favor of any one candidate, and I don’t want to present anything as fact that turns out only to be a rumor (turns out Jeb Bush is NOT just two small bears stacked on top of each other wearing a George Bush Halloween mask, who knew?).
But I will say this one thing—this election cycle is scaring the shit out of me.
I don’t even want to get into an argument about it, because like I said, I am not always the most informed. Maybe I misunderstood all the articles I read about Donald Trump saying he was going to build a wall between us and Mexico and make Mexico pay for it. Maybe I don’t have the whole story about how he wants to ban all Muslims traveling to the US. Maybe he doesn’t really want to see protesters carried out of rallies on stretchers.
Maybe it’s all an act.
But at this point, even if it is entirely an act, I don’t see how he could continue, with a clear conscience, to go through with it.
So when you go to vote today, do it with an open mind and an eye to the future. Do you really want to live in an America that celebrates such hate and xenophobia? Do you really want to have to learn how to fistfight? Because I already know I would be terrible at it.
Make sure you vote. If you’re voting Republican, vote Kasich or Cruz, or Rubio, or even old Two-Bears Bush. You don’t get to complain if you don’t vote. And isn’t complaining what America is really all about?