Monday, November 5, 2012

Web Exclusive: Your vote does matter!

By Publisher Chris Olson

Just the other day, I was walking around the Campus of the University of Chicago, Illinois where I came across a group of communists.  Two of them were pushing their newspaper to the susceptible students, while the other two sat behind a table crammed with “Marxist” literature.

One of them noticed my political button, and tried to strike up a conversation.  He said that both parties were supporters of bourgeoisie, and there was no difference between the two parties.  Someone obviously hadn’t paying attention over the past 12 years.  

His “solution” was that we shouldn’t vote, but instead to work towards the creation of a “revolutionary” worker’s party that would violently overthrow the state.

I asked how many troops he had.  None, he replied, but once the members of the military achieved “class consciousness,” they would join them.  I asked if they knew any military tactics.  Their strategy was to “enlighten the people,” then something, then world wide communism.  Until that happened, they were content to recite Marxist quotes to each other, and feel smug that they didn’t vote.

Obviously they were under the influence of Soviet Mind Control Satellites.  However, I have heard variations on their argument against voting.  Don’t vote because the Illuminati control all the parties. Don’t vote because Ron Paul isn’t a candidate.  Don’t vote because it’s cooler to occupy a public space.   

Well I say those hipsters have it wrong.  If voting is worthless, why is so much effort going into preventing people from voting?  If voting doesn’t matter, why was close to $6 billion dollars spent this year to influence your vote?  If voters don’t matter, why are weredeer barred from voting in Bolingbrook’s elections?

The truth is your vote does matter.  Money can buy ads and influence the news media.  Mind control rays can influence you.  The political process can restrict your choices.  In the end, however, there is still a choice to be made.  

The voters make that choice.  The voters decide who they want to lead them.  The voters decide what changes should be made to the state constitutions.  The voters in Illinois decide who will judge them.  

Don’t be fooled.  If you don’t vote, someone else will, and you may not like their decision.  Worse, if you don’t vote, then the politicians don’t have to worry about you when they make decisions.  They will vote against your interests because, quite frankly, you're not going to do anything about it.

If you don’t believe me, consider this.  The Tea Party decided to become involved in the political process.  The Occupy Movement decided to move their occupation to the Internet.  Occupy is still trying to decide what they stand for.  The Tea party is deciding who will represent the Republican party in the election.

So tomorrow, don’t be hip.  Vote for who you think should represent you.  Vote for the two major parties, or vote for one of the smaller parties.  Just vote, because Americans have died so you could have the right to vote, and people are dying around the world so they can give others the right to vote.  You have the power to make a decision.  Use it for good.

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