Headlines are a buzz with Obamacare this and Obamacare that and while I am a dyed in the wool Republican, I see a great deal of what is currently going on as part of everyone’s responsibility.
In the November election, I went to the polls with my daughter to vote at 5:00 am. Just for bragging rights that we were there early and to get it over with so I didn’t have to wait in long long lines. The sad fact is that there were never long lines; AND THIS WAS A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION!!!
The lines were brief, the waits were short and even my husband, who went at 3:30 in the afternoon, said the lines didn’t even exist. The only logical explanation for this is APATHY. That’s right, the meaning is thus:
Full Definition of APATHY
The key here is the impassiveness or indifference, that could be the ONLY reason so many just didn’t care to show up. Now the facts are we face the effect of that apathy and I don’t see it getting any better. My father always said, “if you don’t vote, don’t gripe about the people running our country into the ground.” He was a man of dry wit and faithful to his family, church and country, in that order. I hear the “wah wah wah” of many declining to own the votes that put our current administration in office, but what about the lack there of?
By staying at home because it wasn’t convenient to vote, you didn’t cast a vote and thereby you voted twice for the other side. By taking little Jenny to dance class and voting later but never getting around to it because “we don’t really matter the electoral college makes that decision for us”, you voted twice for something that now you totally may not agree with.
I myself, voted. My children both voted, after a great deal of discussion on the facts during a family evening. My 80-year-old mother voted, and my 79-year-old mother in law voted. But so many just sat in apathy, feeling defeated and now we are on the precipice of what could be some very hard times for our country. The aging population is suffering the effects of Medicare cuts that place more of the financial burden of their healthcare on their already poverty level income. The idea of retirement is pushed to 70-80 now and as a 50 something American, I thought I would certainly be in a better position than most to retire, but no so. And that is just the tip of a very large iceberg.
I am not anti government, I am Republican. I am anti apathy. I am trying to impress on people that this is no way to handle your vote by throwing it away. If we all vote, and I mean every one of us and the results don’t agree with your position, well then by golly you put up a good fight. No where in history did a general sit in his tent and win a war by being apathetic to the opposite side. He got up and gave it an effort, and won or lost with the thought that there was never a battle fought better.
Let’s get out of our funk, get up and make a difference. Look at the issues you are voting on and really read the information so you understand if your yes is a no and vice versa. There is a lot to be said for the battle well fought and I hope our people see the virtue in setting our country back on the path to taking matters seriously and making a difference not apathetically abstaining or casting your privilege to vote aside. Next November, let’s get up and do the one thing that Americans have lived and died for, the freedom to VOTE.