Jeremy Felt

Open source student.

To Everyone (Who Should Be Concerned)

To everone (who should be concerned):

I will first introduce myself, because it would make no sense for you to continue reading if you did not know who I am and where I am coming from. I am twenty-four years old. I don’t have a college education. I make enough money to pay for the things that make it easier for me to go back to work every day so that I can continue the endless cycle. I am not poor by my definition, I am definitely not rich. I can usually formulate what I consider to be a reasonable opinion towards any issue that I am presented with.

I have NEVER voted.

Now, the next part may confuse those who just read that last sentence.

It is your duty to yourself and to those who share your beliefs and opinions to vote in the next and every other election.

I know, what kind of person am I to tell you to vote if I have never voted before in my life. I’ve had plenty of opportunities, why haven’t I taken that 2 minute car ride down to the local school to punch the card…. Who do I think I am? I will answer that with the following statements.

I will vote in the next election for who I think the best candidate is.
I am done with my common excuse that it doesn’t matter who I vote for.

It does.

Agree or not, I believe that I am exactly the kind of person that neither of the major parties wants to show up at the polls. They may stress every election that they want the voter turnout to be high. They only want this because they think they have predicted the percentage of their target demographic that will hear them and then vote for them. If you’re going to vote for the other party, they don’t want you to show up.

I am not going to tell you who to vote for because I don’t know who I am going to vote for yet.

I do honestly believe that not enough Americans will take this or any national election seriously.

I grew up in a Democratic, more liberal family. It would make sense that I share some of the same ideas my parents do. This does not mean that I should vote Democratic down the line every time even though it would make sense to me. I should educate myself on the issues. What is my candidate that I vote for going to do that will have an effect on not only my life but society’s life in general.

I have conflicting ideas about the current political system. I do not think that two parties are providing everything that they can for the people. They spend all of their time trying to make us believe that they are fighting for us, their voters. They may talk a good game and that’s what gets them into office in the first place. After that, all of their time seems to be spent making the right people happy. The people that they think will keep them there through multiple elections. The people that they think they are working for. From the outside, they try to make it look good. What we don’t know is that sometimes they forget who put them there.

If we stop caring 100 percent, they will stop caring 100 percent.

We need to stress to the politicians that we are giving them the privilege to work for us. We are not there for the politician. The politician is THERE FOR US.

This applies to every political party. Can you honestly tell the difference between a Democrat and a Republican these days? Have you ever wondered why not? It’s easy to say that you are going to place a vote for the lesser evil, but why. Why vote for an evil at all. The reason most of them are riding the fence is not because they share opinions on issues. They are afraid to share an opinion with anybody that may seem to radical for their supporters. They think that if their opinion strays too far from the middle ground, they will lose their supporters and then have less resources to win the election.

It is our duty to show them that only valid opinions matter.

Research the candidates. I am not endorsing Ralph Nader, but if he runs for president, don’t blame him because he “stole” votes from another candidate and caused him to lose. People who believed in him voted for him.

If people voted for the candidate that they thought was working for them the most, we would see a different politician, one who is not afraid to state what he really believes in.

Politics is not a board game, politics is real life.

You are not supposed to be in politics unless you are ready to serve the people. If you think this current system is really serving the people, watch CSPAN for a few hours, then you’ll see what really gets done.

One part of me wants to vote for a third party candidate just to give them the support it is going to take to get federal funding. Another part of me is scared that if there are three parties, elections will be won with a minority of the overall vote. I am sure that is what some people have thought of. I have rationalized this mental dilemma by thinking that if the voters vote for who they think will honestly do the best job, more politicians will not be afraid to let their honest opinions be known.

It can’t hurt anything if the voters are honest about who they want and if the politicians are honest about what they are going to do.

The first thing that we as Americans have to do is realize what kind of government we really have. If we have an honest Democracy, then the meaning has changed. Forget definitions for the word, we have a Republic. We vote for representatives that make decisions for us.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not entirely against what we have. Just realize that our country is too big to have an honest Democracy. Once we realize that, then we will know that we are not voting for each issue, we are voting for somebody that represents the majority of what we believe in. With this in mind, why vote for a candidate that does not have the majority of your best interests in mind. If you do not take the time to go through each candidate that is running for an office, then you will never know which one represents you the most.