Yes you read that correctly.

I somehow remember snippets of conversations with people without even remembering who it was I spoke to. But I do remember them saying “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain.”

What I don’t understand how did I technically lose my right to complain? Did my lack of voting choices actually make me less of a person?

With this election cycle being shoved into us through every possible means of shoving things into people, we can’t seem to escape it. Every time I turn on the radio I hear about the current political cycle and their never ending coverage of it. All I want to hear most of the time is traffic reports so I don’t get stuck in a traffic jam like I was tonight.

Am I against voting? Not at all. Am I against voting for people straight down party lines or without knowing who you are actually voting for? Absolutely.

Here is what I wish people would do. If you are going to vote, find out who is running and what they support or don’t support. These are important things and they impact your lives. There’s also more elections than just the presidential race and these local elections have a huge impact on your life. If you want legalized drugs, gambling and prostitution then find a candidate that supports those and show them your support. Or better yet you can try to run your own campaign. Not saying it would go well, but you can always try.

Never let anyone tell you that voting for a 3rd party is a wasted vote. That’s your choice. I don’t care if your vote is to bring a socialist nazi dictatorship to the U.S., that is your choice and you should make it and be proud of yourself for making it.

But if candidate A kicked your cat, and candidate B made fun of your haircut, and you just flat out hate both of them, then you can exercise your right to just not vote. You don’t have to choose either of them if that’s your only choices.

You don’t have to Vote if there is only 1 person running either. Sometimes you can write yourself in. Let that guy know you mean business and aren’t about to let him go completely unopposed.

“But people died for your right to vote!”

False. People died for our freedoms during combat for various reasons and wars. You are not doing their sacrifice a disservice by not voting. You are making your choice to either support someone you like or refusing to support implementing systems you dislike.

I’ve made my own choices and voted for the candidates I wanted to see win. I have the right to complain. If you don’t vote, I would still respect your right to complain.

There’s an important word. RESPECT.