Today, 4 November, 2008, is Election Day in the United States of America.
If you are eligible to vote, it is your chance to cast a ballot to determine the elected representatives of the citizens of the U.S. for the next two to six years.
We are currently in an area of the world where elected presidents and governments are often swept out of office by street mobs before completing their terms, presidents-for-life often rule until they are killed or die, and constitutions are rewritten at whim.
We have been in many countries where the people had no right to vote at all; or had only one party and/or only the ruling party’s hand picked candidates for whom to vote.
1.3 billion people in China, 19.4% of the world’s population, lack the opportunity to cast a vote in a democratic election. If you add up the rest of the countries where people can’t vote or who can only cast meaningless votes, the total would be at least half the world’s population.
You are one of the very lucky humans alive today who can effect some measure of outcome on those who rule your country, your state, your community, your family and yourself. The people you vote for today will determine your present, your future and the future of your children and grandchildren.
For these reasons alone, I urge you to vote today.
And, even if you are like these two guys—
“If God wanted us to vote, He would have given us candidates.” – Jay Leno.“Politics is supposed to be the second oldest profession. I have come to realize that it bears a very close resemblance to the first.” – Ronald Reagan
—I can still give you a reason to vote today.
Walk into any Starbucks with proof of voting today and you will receive a free large coffee.
So there. Free coffee. You now have no excuse for not exercising your right and opportunity to participate in your democracy.
And besides all that, if you don’t vote, you are ineligible to bitch for the next four years.
Participate in your future.
Participate in your democracy.
PS – Remember that even if you are not registered, you can go to your polling station and cast a provisional ballot.