To Rocking the Vote

Save the date,  for Tuesday, November 8th, you are personally invited to march your little tuckus down to the polling station and vote for the future of this nation (and probably humanity.)

Listen, I'm not a political person — I typically let the comment trolls get into the nitty gritty with one another, watching from the distance like a normal person. As comical, but more often irritating, as these posts can be, you really have to commend them on how passionate they are about the subject matter.

Earlier this week, I reached a breaking point while scrolling through Facebook. A person I grew up with was throwing a temper tantrum about Bernie Sanders and how much better off we'd be if he were the Democratic front-man. I nearly lost it. We're more than a few months past that turn of events and are getting scarily close to the actual election. I completely understand being upset that your guy didn't make it to the next level, but at some point, it's time to move on (and take the next best thing.)

I also understand people's feelings that there is no "next best" and that the perception that we're stuck between a rock and a hard place with this election. Listen, politics SUCK. There's never going to be a candidate that appeases both sides of the fence. I can't envision a future president that brings an entire nation of people together. It's sad, but probably true. I've heard the phrase used, "lesser of two evils" and I honestly think there's some truth to it.

My plea is this: regardless of who you wished was still in the race, or what third-party you'd like to see over Trump or Clinton, vote on Tuesday, November 8. Try to remember that although candidates promise change, it's a lot easier said than done. These elected officials don't have ultimate authority (which is most of the time a great thing!)

Just as Rome wasn't built in a day, these problems that arise during mismanaged presidencies aren't resolved in a day either. If we make the wrong choice in a few weeks, or even worse, fail to show up, we could be in a downward spiral, trying to course correct for decades to come. I don't want that for myself or my future children. I closed my Facebook rant with a line about our country that chills my spine when I really think about it, "We're NOT big enough to break, remember that."

[I know this post isn't terribly long — it's actually shorter than most BOLT⚡️ blogs — but the message is important. We have just over a month before the election. That's plenty of time to educate ourselves on the candidates, the measures and all the other nooks and crannies on the ballot. I urge you to do our generation a favor and read up on the facts and vote next month]



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