Thursday, January 19, 2006

Voting

I just read a friend’s blog, in which she claims that she’s not voting, and is sick and tired of people “harassing” her about it. Let’s not sugar coat it: People who are eligible to vote but don’t are just being lazy and selfish. If you’re a Christian, you have no excuse for this.

Some people don’t vote because they don’t know enough about the issues, or the parties they’re voting for—because they’re too lazy to look into it.

Some people don’t vote because they think all parties are the same—because they were too lazy to look into it, and don’t realize that they’re NOT all the same.

Some people don’t vote because they just plain don’t care about their country, or the world in general. The Conservative Party—the one that looks like it’s going to win—will take money away from the poor and the middle class, and give it to corporations and the rich. Because people don’t care enough to learn about the issues and vote, they may get in power, and do harm to your friends, neighbours, and maybe you. They are also planning not to support Kyoto, and to help the US put weapons of mass destruction in space. Because people don’t care enough to learn about the issues and vote, these people may get in power, and do harm to the entire world.

I’ve never, ever, in my entire life, ever heard anyone come up with any valid reason not to vote. Don’t even try to claim to care about the poor, the world in general, human rights, or any other issue, if you’re not going to take part in the one thing we as citizens can do to make a difference in these matters.

This person is getting “harassed” on this because she doesn’t have a good reason for it—because there is no good reason for it.

I can’t believe someone would be so lazy and self-absorbed, and then have the gall to write a blog entry where she vents because people are calling her on it. No wonder everyone else in the world hates North Americans—we frigging deserve it!

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