If you’re a registered voter in the U.S., today is the day. Get up, put your shoes on, and go vote. Stop off on your lunch hour and go vote. Take an umbrella, take your Kindle (I know a great book you can read in line) , take your iPad and play Angry Birds, but get out there and vote. I know the lines are long; I know it’s a pain in the ass. I know it feels like it really doesn’t matter. But you know why it feels that way? Because for decades, we’ve been letting less than 10% of the people who could be voting make decisions for all of us. If somebody told you that 10% of the PTA or 10% of the church congregation or 10% of the people who watch Dancing With the Stars were making all the decisions for those things, you’d be pissed off, right? You’d show up; you’d picket; you’d keep dialing all night if you had to. The things that matter to us are worth the time and effort. And right now, more than ever, who runs our government matters to all of us, whether we like it or not.
I don’t care who you vote for or why – I really, really don’t. (If you care who I voted for, I’ll be glad to tell you, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .) What’s important is that when the votes are counted, everybody who could have had a say has had it, that we’ve all at least tried to make our voices heard. That’s the only way to know if the candidates we’ve picked are really our candidates. That’s the only way to keep having a government by the people for the people. Because I don’t know about y’all, but I’m sick to death of having a government by the government for the government. Let’s all remind them that they work for us.