What a privilege it is to vote. It amazes me when I hear folks say they don't vote because its inconvenient, doesn't make a difference, or they are uninformed. Sad. I am so grateful in these troubled times the long-standing tradition of voting continues on.
"There's no such things as not voting. Not voting is voting," said Eric Liu. "It's voting to hand your power over to someone else who's gonna say, 'Thank you very much. Let me take that voice and that power and exercise it in your name, but in my interests.'"
The above quote was the opening for this past weekend's story on civics lessons in modern America. You can, and should, watch it here: CBS Sunday Morning. It features Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotamayor and Neil Gorsich. One "Liberal". One "Conservative". It truly is eye-opening.
Getting back to the quote of Eric Liu, not voting is voting. It is giving away your power...not even by proxy. Just saying ultimately that you don't care. It is apathy that in many ways got us to where we are today in the US. And sadly, as goes the US, so goes the world it seems. Or perhaps we are being left behind? Who really know? Only time will tell. But it will tell on us, especially if we don't exercise our rights as citizens of this great country.
So tomorrow I will march myself over the nearby polling place and cast my ballot. I like going to the polls, and I know it is not possible for everyone to participate that way. But there are alternatives. Hopefully you have taken advantage of one those by now. It may or may not seem change anything. On the other hand, it's the little things that add up. And voting is one of those things. It may seem little, but honestly, our future depends on it.