Do you vote?
All types of Freethinkers should be all over this.
A lady I worked with took a bunch of my coworkers and me to register to vote when I was in my mid 20s. Before that I didn't want anything to do with it. She said I couldn't bitch about politics if I didn't vote. Bush vs Gore: Out of all of the votes in the country, the election was decided by around 500 votes in Florida!!!! If a few more Democrats had voted for Hillary, we would have Democrat as president. I believe if the Democrats had all come together in 2016 and made Hillary prez nominee and Bernie vp nom we would have kicked you know who's ass. I'm a proud Progressive Democrat. I voted, in the primary in Florida for Bernie, then for Hillary in November. The evangelicals put President Piece Of Shit in office. By not voting, we're letting them spend our tax dollars how THEY want. We're letting them change our laws the way THEY want. And on and on and on. You know who said he will unravel Rowe v. Wade. Are we going to let them do this? Religious folks will make the decisions, not us.
Yes, I have voted in every election since age 18.
Hammered my daughter, 28, to vote since she was 18. Each time Claire moved, I emailed the website and deadline to update her address before the next election.
Determined, I sent Claire links to articles about how Republicans are trying to strip women's rights, discriminate against minorities and LGBTQ people, eliminate Pell Grants, ban abortions, destroy clean air and water, allow mining in National Parks, and other atrocities.
"Forward to your friends!" I urged. Claire galvanized 40 young people to vote in every election. Also, I register students I mentor to vote, as well as their parents.
Last April with two Democrat volunteers, we registered 74 high school students to vote during four, one-hour lunch hours. Wenatchee High School staff set up tables and chairs for us to use.
"Register to vote here!" I yelled, waving my arms and jumping up and down with a big smile. "It takes two minutes! The media says you won't vote! Prove them wrong!"
We will do it again in September.
I do not vote: currently I’m in the process of establishing myself and I do not have time to do the necessary research on candidates to make an informed decision. Also just because someone doesn’t vote does not imply somehow that one cannot level criticisms against the current political situation/system. I think a lot of people need to understand that before you can be an established member of the polity, you need to have other ancillary needs taken care of first.
Yes, vote and vote EVERY election.
For over 30 years now, the religious right has had a systematic campaign to take over local offices (especially school boards) and have an outsized voice in government. They have made the US education system a laughingstock.
In those off-year elections, often less than 1 in 5 eligible voters actually bother to get out and vote. That means the votes of people who do show up count that much more.
Don't just vote; get invoived in local politics. I have served on the library board (there was NO WAY I was going to vote to ban ANY book), and now I am involved with the zoning commission.
Make sure your voice gets heard. Speak up, in the language that matters. Vote.