something to honk about
Originally posted on November 6, 2014
With the election this week and all the talk about it, I’ve been exposed multiple times to the erroneous statement that some people love to make: “If you don’t vote in the election, you can’t complain about politics in this nation.” WTF?
Let me first qualify what I’m about to say with this: I did vote in the election on Tuesday.
The conviction that if someone doesn’t vote, they don’t deserve to complain is logically unsound. I don’t even begin to understand why people persist in this idiotic belief. Does voting = voice being heard? No. Does voice being heard = giving up the right to complain? No. Therefore it is a logical fallacy.
Is there some other connecting factor that I haven’t considered? One that somehow makes the statement true? If you think so, please comment and let me know, because I can’t imagine what it could be.
Furthermore: Can our vote force corporations to be held accountable for bankrupting the public trust? Can our vote eliminate the income gap between the richest of the rich and the poorest of the poor? Can our vote prevent environmental destruction of massive proportions? Can our vote stop our military from killing innocent people abroad?
No. No. No. and No.
Those are all political and social concerns that we should absolutely complain about regardless of whether or not we feel empowered to vote in an election. And then, when we are finished complaining, we should actively attempt to create positive change.
Voting is a right and a privilege, but it is not the be all and end of all of social and political action. If only people could admit that, then maybe our nation could begin to save itself from idiocracy.
If you agree, I want to hear from you. If you don’t agree I really want to hear from you. Honk at me!