Election HiatusNovember 4, 2008 at 6:00 am | Posted in Personal | 31 Comments
To remind you what could happen if you don’t vote!
Well, it’s finally November 4th, which even those of you not from America probably recognize as an important day. It’s time for the election for a new president after eight years of…well, we all know what.
I refrain at all time possible from talking about my personal political beliefs, so I doubt anyone even really knew that I was following it that much. I’ve mentioned it a few times in personal discussions, but even then I keep my personal opinions to myself (you know, outside of “politicians are pretty much all asshats”).
So today, I’m afraid I will not be able to catch up on the blogging I’ve missed at all. I am going to be stuck to my TV all day long after I vote (and get my free Starbucks coffee afterward). When I am on the computer…well let’s just say that anime won’t be at the front of my mind.
I only turned 18 in August, but I’ve been following the election for the past…well yeah. It’s been two years now, hasn’t it? I don’t know if I’m that abnormally into politics for my age by today’s standards, but it’s probably due to my parents and brother if I am. Though I think my brother and I probably pay more attention than my parents do (and I pay the most attention) just because of the amount of free time we each may have.
As for who I’m voting for…ehh…I still feel reluctant to say. Not because I think anyone I know will make a big deal of it, but because I don’t want to deal with the…um…less intelligent people who would call me an idiot just because I disagree with them. You know, the sort of people that actually complain about “young people” voting, even though we’re the ones that are going to have to deal with the consequences of what happens in the long run. Yeah, that’s the debt I unwillingly will receive, thank you very much.
Though, to just lay it out…I’m 18, I’m a girl, and I’m from Massachusetts. You can probably take a nice educated (and likely correct) guess from any of those three things. And…yeah. It’s too obvious and I’m proud of my vote so I’ll just say it. I’m voting for Senator Barack Obama today.
It has nothing to do with what I like in anime and I don’t bring up politics in anime posts because it has nothing to do with it. So there’s really no reason it should change anyone else’s opinion either. I didn’t even say that other people had to vote the same way. Of course I’d like for Obama to win, but I want people to vote for who they want to win as well.
I know my brother is voting for McCain and I completely respect that decision (though we both share the same thoughts on his VP candidate, my brother chose to vote according to the top of the ticket).
Though if I know the anime fans correctly, I doubt I’ll get much trouble from saying my own personal choice. If you get mad at me for making a different choice than you I can just go ahead and call you a blind fangirl (or fanboy when necessary) because you’ll be reminding me of exactly the sorts of little girls I’ve dealt with in the past.
This isn’t the point of this post though. The point is just to remind everyone that sometimes we have to take a break from our fictional entertainment and sit down and face reality (actually the point is mostly about the hiatus…).
Even if you’re not eighteen and you can’t vote, you still have to start paying attention. What happens now effects your future. It’s fine to look to entertainment and enjoy yourself, but (especially on a day like today) you have to pay attention to what’s really going on in the world. A lot of it’s bad, but if you keep learning about it, hopefully you can do something to change it. Even if it’s just voting after you turn eighteen.
As for my readers not from America, well…pay attention in your own elections! Though I know a lot of you are paying attention to this election as well.
Sorry that I have nothing clever to say. Quite honestly, I’m all lost in my head because it’s my first time voting and I really, really just can’t believe I’m going to be able to vote for president. It has its problems, but we really do have a great country and I’m glad to vote and take part in this election. It’s times like these that really make me sigh at the weeaboos who think Japan is the BEST COUNTRY EVAR! I mean, I’m sure Japan is a great country and hopefully I’d get a chance to visit it (and others) someday, but I like my own country the most. And it’s one spot of favoritism where I doubt I’ll be called closed-minded. Everyone else should probably be liking their countries the most too.
Now then, I need to wrap this up quickly because I’m starting to do exactly what I didn’t intend to (rambling).
Basically, I can’t blog today and depending on how it all goes, possibly not tomorrow either. The results might not be completely out (the 2000 election keeps popping into my head) or I might be too excited or I might be too…upset. Who knows? But definitely not today and…probably not tomorrow. We’ll see.
Last note: Everyone who is voting…seriously. Go get that free cup of coffee. It’s free. Or apparently you can get something from a couple of other places that are totally not in my area (I want Ben & Jerry’s too…).
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