Why I Don't Vote

Why I Don't Vote

And why you shouldn't either...
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Awhile ago I was having a conversation with an adult, and we got on the topic of politics and voting. As the conversation progressed, I revealed to her that I have never voted. She was appalled. “How could you have never voted?! You are almost 21! Why not?!” she said. My answer? I’m not smart enough.

Not smart enough politically that is. I like to believe that I am fairly high on the normal smartness scale. Nevertheless, I have never really cared for politics or debates about politics. Now, this is big for me because I come from a family where my mother follows politics religiously and screams at the television when she does not agree with them. My sister is also very politically savvy and enjoys having heated debates/arguments with people in real life, as well as strangers on social media. Personally, I have never been interested in any of those things. I don’t watch the news often. I don’t follow elections or candidates. I don’t watch debates. I don’t avidly research each candidate to discover their exact position on political matters. So what do I do?

I don’t vote.

It’s that simple. I am honest with myself about how I am not even slightly educated when it comes to the realm of politics. And if you are in the same boat, you should not be voting either. Unless you have substantial knowledge about a candidate and their opinions, you should not be donating your two cents.

Too many people nowadays are voting basically blind just because they are over the age of 18 and want to exercise that right. Just because you have the right to do something, does not mean you should do it. You may have the right to go buy a gun, but if you don’t know anything about it, how it works, or what it is good for, you probably shouldn’t.

Don’t get me wrong, I am all for the second amendment but only when the person knows what they are doing. So why would we vote for the leader of our country the same way? Especially young people who have just reached the voting age and probably have limited knowledge about how taxes work. It is completely fine to not have formed an opinion on every single public matter when we are young and still discovering ourselves.

As for me, I do not plan to vote any time soon without educating myself beforehand. Voting without doing your homework means you probably won’t pick the right answer. And no, “because she’s a woman” or “because he’s black (or kinda black)” is not the right answer either. You might want to do a bit more research than that.

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Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

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Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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Kid President is the king of good advice. It's all put in simple terms because we don't need to complicate anything anymore.

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