With this upcoming election being one of the most important voting periods that our generation has seen in quite some time, The Climax Crew decided that it would be dope to give you guys a little bit of political insight to prep you for the polls. Whether you vote Democrat, Republican or Independent, your vote matters. To help us get the message across, we brought in one of our go to guys, Jerk, for his segment of the Public Jerk Announcements. So, listen up, pay attention and get ready for the real because his name is nothing less than what you get.
Bands will make them dance, but they won’t make them vote. And I’m sure on the surface the irony seems humorous but fact is, voting has become one of those rights that has been taken for granted, in addition, to other freedoms inherited from the sacrifice of older generations. Suffrage came with suffering and maybe, since we are twice removed from social martyrs who marched and protested, we appreciate it a bit less.
I’m not speaking from the point of view that reprimands the non-voter through the phrase, “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain.” The fact remains, even those who vote and feel they have the right to complain, aren’t active civically. So, in defeated expansion “you may vote and complain but not being active means your complaints won’t be heard”. Those who don’t vote have their arguable reasons: not into choosing lesser evils, lack of faith in our political process and jaded by politics. I can’t knock that thinking because politics means there are agendas, and you really can’t expect to effectively govern a nation when the two sides, Democrats and Republicans, vie for our country.
Now, if bands can only make the people dance then something needs to be done to get them to vote. In 2008, there was a rise in voting, and it was due to what ails our legislative and policy progress today, you either didn’t want President Obama’s change or you did, reciprocal you either wanted another Republican in office or you didn’t. Well, this upcoming election follows the tradition of the past decade (time I’ve been able to vote). People are picking sides and its not because of issues or policies, its based on parties and partisan.
Regardless, rather you vote or avoid the polls this upcoming November, I implore you to become informed of your rights and civic duties and become active. Volunteer in your community, go to townhall meetings, feed the homeless, assist in finding solutions and end the bickering and complaining. We are born residents and citizenship is granted. Time to act like one, not only voting but being responsible for our society. Again, you can’t complain if you don’t vote but just because you vote doesn’t mean they will listen to your complaints if they cannot see you active.