Vote, damn it.

Tomorrow is an important and exciting day, and not just because it marks the end of all the annoyingly repetitive campaign advertisements.

“This is how my opponent spends his free time.”

Tomorrow is another special opportunity we Americans have to exercise our right and freedom to elect the officials to lead our country. We’ve all seen the social media tirades screaming about the shortcomings of the candidates, as well as their godliness in the eyes of their supporters, which has been a wonderfully entertaining (though at times childish) display of our First Amendment right.

Well done.

This, however, is not a passionate tirade of my political views, nor a guidebook of how I think everyone should vote. I don’t see the need for that now, and I hardly expect to change anyone’s mind. Unfortunately, what I do see the need for is to remind as many people as I can to just get up and actually vote. The common argument is that one vote won’t matter, and I get that feeling especially trying to understand the electoral college.

“…Forget it, the next generation will figure it out without the detailed description.”

Even so, foregoing the entire process shows a lack of respect to yourself, your country, and the thousands of men and women who have died defending your rights. We are blessed to live in a country with such extensive freedoms, yet only 58% of citizens age 18-29 are projected to actually make it to the polls tomorrow. How sad is that? Especially when you consider that this Sunday is Veteran’s Day, a day we observe to honor and thank every armed service member who made and continue to make our way of life possible.

The picture above is of both my grandfathers, who served in World War II and the Korean Conflict, respectively. For me, this picture not only memorializes their efforts and sacrifices, but is also a reminder of what I vote for. Regardless of who you choose to cast your ballot for tomorrow, just please choose to actually cast one. It matters more than you think.

If nothing else, think of it as your effort in the war to stop overbearing political ads.

“Ladies and gentlemen, my opponent in his true form.”