Sunday, February 3, 2008

How can you waste your voice?

I'd like to take a moment to speak to all parties here - not just Paul supporters, not just Republicans. This is a message we all need to hear and absord and truly understand.

I've heard so much lately about "electibility".

"I like this person or that person, but I just don't think they are electible."

"I really agree with so-and-so but I don't think they stand a chance at winning so I'm going to vote for this other candidate."

I'm here to tell you that is the most errant believe pervasive in our nation today. Millions of people, dating back to the conception of our nation, have faught and died to give you your vote. Your vote is your voice and it is your vote that tells Washington what you believe and what you want. Your vote is not suppose to tell anyone what they think but what you think.

There is no such thing as a wasted vote. Let me repeat that, there is no such thing as a wasted vote.

Too many of this nation's citizens will look to the top-tier candidates and assume that any other vote is not worth being cast. But who decides who the top-tier candidates are? The mainstream media. That's right. At the beginning of this political process, bets were cast on who would be most liked. They guessed who might win! And we followed suit but voting for their guess.

This is not a beauty contest; we are not voting on who "looks like a president". This is not a popularity contest; the question on the ballot is not "Who do you think most other people will vote for?".

The question is "Who best represents your beliefs?" and that should be the only question you consider before marking that ballot.

We vote how we perceive our neighbors or the rest of the nation votes, while our neighbors and the rest of the nation are voting based on what they believe we think. Truly the blind leading the blind. If we are choosing how we think others will choose, we have already lost our voice in Washington. The mainstream media and the political powers-that-be have already won.

Here's a question: If the other candidate is "going to win anyway", why feel the need to jump on the bandwagon? Just so you can say you were part of the winning team?

It doesn't matter who you support, the idea is that you should support them. Not because they may or may not win. But because regardless of who does win, your opinion will show that person where the rest of the nation stands. Your opinion, saying this other person best represents me, will help to influence everyone who should be listening.

You think you'll waste your vote? You think they won't be listening? Then you might as well not vote at all, because it seems as if your neighbor already has it covered for you.

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