Real men (and women) vote. It’s not a maybe.
It’s undeniably easy to say “both these guys are lame, I don’t like either of them I’m not voting.” That’s lazy and it’s bullshit. Unless you’re a nihilist (which you probably aren’t because nihilists don’t have internet connections) then some aspect of the candidate’s platforms touches on your life. Are you a millionaire? Then think about the capital gains tax. Are you poor? Then think about unemployment, school loans, health insurance…the list goes on.
Even if you are totally and unflinchingly against the static two party system that we enjoy then you should go vote for a third-party candidate. “But they have no chance of winning” you might shout as you watch Girls or Game of Thrones or (the most american thing since bacon got with cheeseburgers) Honey Boo Boo. Look, it only takes 5% of the national popular vote to qualify a third party to receive federal matching funds in the next election. It only takes one election cycle where 5% of people vote third-party and then boom all the sudden in four years there’s a new party mixing it up in the ring.
Even more than the presidency your local elections guide so many aspects of your day-to-day life. Ever call the Sheriff’s department? That guy gets elected. Ever go to court? Prosecutors are elected. Has your county commission ever gotten all up in your business (literally) about something seemingly innocuous? My local bubble tea joint wanted to keep their “grand opening” sign up longer than the allotted two weeks because the storm of the century hit the day after it had originally gone up and, as it turns out, people cut back on bubble tea during emergencies. The local planning official came by to tell them to take it down. Screw that guy. I bet they’ll think about talking to some county commissioners next cycle.
Ya know when women got the right to vote in the United States? 1919. Ya know how many senators voted against the amendment guaranteeing women’s suffrage? 25. Twenty five guys (Republicans and Democrats) didn’t want to let women vote. In America. Less than a hundred years ago.
The thing is if you don’t vote then you have absolutely no basis to argue with anybody about anything that happens in your world that touches on government. Trust me, many many things in our daily lives involve the government.
More than anything if you don’t cast that ballot then the people who have power over you (and get a bunch of your money every year) have no reason to care what you think. Choose your leaders, if you don’t then you might not like where you get led.
Anyway, that was real heavy, go watch the election results and party with your fellow Americans. Elections and partying are two of our strongest exports.