I don’t ever watch football. In fact, I dislike it. Immensely. I’m always overjoyed when it’s over. But I’m a minority in this respect within the US. Anyone who lives here knows how much Americans love their football.
That’s how much national, local, and mid-term elections mean to me. They are my Superbowl.
I watch them (mainly on Twitter) with high anxiety and nervousness. I wait to see if my team is going to win.
I don’t stand on the sidelines, though. I go out and vote. Ever since I became an American citizen, I’ve been going out and voting.
To be honest, unless you live in a swing state, your vote doesn’t usually count for much on the national level. Local and mid-term elections, however, are a whole different story.
They matter because you are electing individuals who directly represent you in the Senate, House, and your local state government.
Except, sadly, this is when most people do not go out and vote. They wait for the national elections. And it blows my political sensitive mind. Because of this, the whole country has been feeling the negative repercussions of people’s laziness or disregard or whatever you want to call it.
I don’t hide the fact that I’m very much a liberal (no, not a Democrat, a Liberal). And I not only stand for civil rights (women, gay and lesbian, minorities, etc.), but I do want my tax dollars to go to things like education, mental institutions, helping the poor, and not to fighting wars – that are not the US’ to fight – abroad. Nor do I want my tax dollars to go funding foreign governments. I would like those tax dollars to very much help the American people.
If the US really wants to help outside of the US? Then help those countries that do not have good health and education infrastructures build up. Help them strengthen their economies. Helping them, helps everyone globally.
Whether we like it or not, and whether we know it or not, these are the things we are voting on (or not voting on) when we decide to go or not go to the polls. It’s not just a matter of one thing or another. It’s many, many issues.
There’s so much that goes on behind those political doors we’re not privy to, but the one main thing we still can do in this country is go vote.
If you haven’t, don’t complain to me when your representative decides to do something you don’t like. Your local and state vote counts.