Please. Vote. Vote for something.
Our participation in every election is vital for any of our quality of life programs. Yes our education system is still largely segregated, under appreciated, and underpaid across America. Yes we have major healthcare inconveniences where there is a need for free medicine and fair coverage. Yes we have two-party gridlock in Congress. Yes there is such a thing as global warmongering. Yes one of the candidates is running for President of the 6th grade. Yes the U.S. is weird right now and needs our help.
And while there may be a lot to comment on, there is also a lot we can still vote on.
I am voting for my gut and for my heart.
For example, in San Diego I am voting No on B to protect our agriculture land from high density development. Of all the avocados in the U.S., less than 10% are grown on our shores. With continued development that number will shrink. And I would rather eat and buy local. I support small farms and future farmland. #NoOnB
I am voting Yes on Prop 63 for stricter gun control.
I am voting to support CA Prop 64, The Adult Use of Marijuana Act, to legalize cannabis and hemp. As a farmer I believe this cash crop would transform the state as well as eliminate wrongful prosecutions of innocent persons.
I am voting to end the death penalty in California.
I am voting for the first woman President in the 240 year old history of the United States, because it’s time we put a mom in charge.
A total of 469 seats in the U.S. Congress (34 Senate seats and all 435 House seats) are up for election on November 8, 2016. I will vote for the most environmentally conscious congressperson, regardless of party, in hopes of achieving climate-bliss/ecological-nirvana in Washington.
Before we keep complaining, and threatening to not vote, I think we must remember how amazing our United States is. There are so many things we take for granted that you would never realize.
Consider my friend Ahmad – an extraordinary musician from Egypt. He is living here in hopes of becoming a music producer so that one day he can start a music school in Egypt to help the struggling artists and music scene in his native country. Only 5 years ago the country revolted against its government and began a new path to newfound freedoms. Today they struggle with leadership and economic hardships. There are no performing rights institutions to help composers and musicians get paid. Creative Art has not yet arrived in the marketplace. They are starting from the ground up.
Who are we to be so ungrateful and accusatory of our great democracy and freedoms?
Founding father John Adams famously said, “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.”
We are the result of our ancestors and forefathers’ hard work and political maneuvering. They engaged in politics to create freedoms and opportunities. They engaged in wars so succeeding generations could participate in commerce and democracy. They created economic institutions that would pave the way for our schools and healthcare systems to make it possible for our generation to make our art, music, and silly memes.
Hard won privileges we have today must not be taken for granted.
So, Please Vote. Today is the last day to register in many states. If there are issues that bother you, go make your voice be heard. Retaliate. Demonstrate. And Make A Difference. Please Vote.