I never cared for football. I am a baseball gal. So maybe I shouldn’t have titled this the “Superbowl” of our times, maybe in my regards it’s the “World Series” of our lives… but I digress.
Election Day is now officially just one week away.
I didn’t vote in 2016, and I’ve always affirmed that I had no right to complain because I didn’t vote. There’s such a weird feeling in the political world, and I wonder if this was what Germany felt like in the 1930s; or Americans during the years leading up to the Revolution, the Civil War, or the 1950’s and 1960’s during the Civil Rights Movement… it’s an eerie feeling to be alive during this time, something that history books will write about either negatively or in a neutral manner.
I was 18 during 9/11, but not only that — I’m from New York City — and while most of the world saw the towers on a TV screen, or are now streaming it on video clips years later, I actually could see the fire from the Twin Towers from the building of my college. Anyone who remembers the pre-9/11 NYC skyline knows that you could see the towers from basically most NYC skyscraper and/or rooftop. Yet, I never engaged in politics. It just didn’t seem important to me.
Maybe it’s because I’m older and there’s so much to worry about. I’ve never been a carefree person to begin with anyway… but I feel as if this is like a new era of civil rights; women’s rights, minority rights, nationalism vs. patriotism; where being educated is considered “elite” (as if there’s something to be proud of when you can’t get beyond a high school education)… seriously, I feel like the queen elf in Lord of the Ring, in the first movie when she’s narrating and says the world is changing and she can feel the changes.
Get out and vote.
Never say that voting doesn’t matter, your vote doesn’t count, or others will vote so your vote isn’t going to change the outcome — NOT TRUE to all three. Last year, in an election in Virginia, it literally came down to just ONE vote that decided on a winner. State elections are just as important as federal elections; state legislatures, mayors and governors are the ones who decide state laws — many which decides civil rights laws first, before Congress or the Supreme Court passes anything into a federal law; such as gay marriages, gun laws, marijuana laws, death penalty, etc.
Voting is so important. It’s crazy to know that there are people who died for the right to vote, so that their future generations would have that absolute right — but the proceeding generations that were given that entitlement disregard it as so many things that are taken for granted.