This thought has been brewing in the back of my mind for a few days, so I figure while I am waiting for another computer to boot up, I'll pour a small draught for your consumption. In about ten days, those of us who reside in the United States have the opportunity to exercise our electoral rights in the 2006 mid-term elections. Above all, I encourage everyone who is legally able to vote to first educate themselves on the issues and the candidates in their home state or local burrough, and to then exercise their right and privilege as U.S. citizens by casting their vote on November 7. I'm not going to get into the evils of Diebold or the impression that We the People often have no real voice... I would like to think that if people made educate decisions when going to the polls that there might be some chance that we'd get more elected officials who are interested in something other than lining their nests with lobbyist gifts and campaign contributions from big business. I'm quite possibly wrong on that account, but that does not chang the importance of going out and performing your civic duty.
A note to those who don't bother voting: if you choose not to vote, you give up your right to bitch about your public officials. None of this bullshit about "Hey, I didn't vote that asshole in..." You want the right to complain about what's going on in the governor's mansion, state house or Congress? Get off your lazy, complacent ass and (1) educate yourself, then (2) get said lazy, complacent ass to the polls on November 7.
That being said, if your narrow-minded view of the world involves no equal rights for gays including banning gay marriage, restricting a woman's right to an abortion, taking away my rights to keep and bear arms, giving up civil liberties in the name of the so-called war on terrorism or in the name of protecting the children, or forcing your religious views on anyone who doesn't share them, please do us all one big favor and STAY THE FUCK HOME ON NOVEMBER 7!!!