Vote!

Vote!

Even if I had absolutely no interest in who’s running, who to vote for, or what happens to this country, this picture right here is enough for me. In the early 1900s, women gathered across the world and fought for their right to vote against all odds. They marched, they picketed, they were even arrested, just so that they could vote for who leads their country. For women now to see that and still not vote is basically throwing that back in their face and saying, “Thanks for all your stress and hard work, but I don’t want it.”

Now on to my next point. I refuse to see being busy today as a valid excuse. Whatever else you’re doing today, you can make time to enter a ballot. It is your right, your privilege, and your duty as an American citizen. And if that’s not enough, read about this woman who was in labor, and still stopped to vote on her way to the hospital. It pretty much makes your excuse invalid.

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/11/06/woman-in-labor-votes-first-then-heads-to-hospital/

I apologize for the hiatus.  It’d be nice if I had a legitimate excuse, but the truth is I’m just forgetful.  But on the bright side, I have stored up plenty of topics to discuss, so those will all be coming at you soon.

My sister is one of my favorite people in the world, and I was recently reminded of why when she told me about a conversation she had with a drunk guy that came into her place of work.

Drunk guest at work arguing that he’s not going to vote because both candidates suck and the parties aren’t that different, etc. says “Name one real difference between the two sides. Just one.”

Me: “Obama doesn’t have a running mate who would try to set women’s rights back 50 years.”

*chirp, chirp*…..silence.

I had 2 reactions upon reading this: the first being both proud and amused at the total ownage of that guy, the second being jumping up and down screaming “Exactly!”  I’ve talked to so many people who do not want to vote because they say both candidates are the same, or the country’s screwed no matter who’s in office, etc.  The answer to that is a resounding “There’s a big difference!”  No, Obama is not perfect, not by far, but can you imagine what would happen if Romney wins this election?  We will have a president who couldn’t tell the truth if his life depended on it, doesn’t care about half the population, and acts as though he’s a hero because he allows women to be at home to cook dinner for their family (those binders full of women have him to thank).  We will have a vice president who wants to defund Planned Parenthood, voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Act for equal pay, and voted for hospitals denying emergency abortions to women who would otherwise die, let alone any other abortion options.

I look at the facts about the Romney/Ryan team, and it honestly makes me sick.  And then there’s the realization that these 2 men have teems of supporters willing to follow them down.

As much as it may not seem like it, voting is important.  We have to make sure that this country doesn’t fall into the hands of men who, as dear old sis put it, “would try to set women’s rights back 50 years.”

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