Contrarian, crabby opinions born of a Bad Day
- You don’t have to vote. No one does. It’s not a requirement. In fact, it would be my preference that anyone who is still an undecided voter tonight just stays home tomorrow rather than walking in and picking someone at random.
- I often hear, “if you don’t vote, then you don’t have the right to complain.” This is patently false. It might be tacky to complain if you don’t vote, but you have to be very careful when using the word “right” in this particular context. The right to free speech is absolute, and it triggers my adrenal cortex when I hear people talking about the right to it so close to the word “vote.” They are not correlated. Everyone in this country gets to say what they want, when and where they want to (with very few well-known exceptions).
- I have several problems with that thing that everyone reblogged a while ago from uncledynamite about heightened politicization, the main one being that (s?)he takes umbrage with the idea of choosing a mate based on their political views. How about you pick your partner your way, buddy, I’ll pick mine mine, and you spare me the judgyness along the way. Different things are important to different people and that’s still OK, I think. (Great writer, though.)
- I don’t think most people who use social media ever take a good look at their own content and ask, “is this me? is this how I want to represent myself?” Especially during election season. Do the people who spend 95% of their social space on partisan politics really spend 95% of their Real Lives thinking about it? Would a person who spends 95% of their Real Life thinking about any one thing really be a lot of fun to be around?
- When I vote tomorrow, I will keep a specific person (whom no one reading this knows) in mind, because it is exactly his vote that I want to cancel out from the other side. I’m almost as excited about that as I am about my candidate.