Most of you who are reading this right now will be voting at some point today. Before you do, I wanted to urge you to vote correctly. There have been some great ideologies touted this electoral season, by some good people, and frankly, some real morons. You may be lost in a sea of promises and smear campaigns. Fear not, for I will tell you who to vote for:
Vote for the party whom you think will do the best job in office.
I say this because it seems to have become apparent in recent years that people are voting ‘strategically’. Apparently this means that you choose the (ever so slightly) better of two evils and vote for a party that may overtake the (obviously tyrannical) majority holder. Genius, right? Wrong.
By doing so, you essentially contribute to a process of electoral negation: you vote to not have someone get in. This is not exercise of hope, but of complete and utter resignation. By voting in this matter, you are declaring that you do not believe in a better country, only one that might slightly less horrible than it is now. You aren’t voting for hope, you’re voting for maintenance.
It saddens me that certain parties are encouraging this ‘strategy’ to pull votes away from parties that need to be there. The beauty of our political system is that it is multi-partisan: Anyone can (basically) start a party and push for their form of government. Your vote gives funds to those other parties. When you vote ‘strategically,’ you are simply putting more money in the hands of the ones you don’t really want to run your country anyway. And who really wants to do that?
So when you vote today, I implore you to vote your voice, and vote for the party you believe in, and don’t just vote against the party you don’t want in. And as my friend Matt says, if you’re the praying type, you best do some of that too.
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