POV from a NEW voterSubmitted by SLP on Sun, 01/13/2008 - 10:06
My vote doesn't count. I'm just one person. It wouldn't matter anyway since I'm in a democratic state. I used to echo those words and defend them proudly in personal debates. While "apathy" is defined as the lack of interest, enthusiasm, or concern, it is also a disease. A disease which symptoms include ignorance, pessimism, and impotence.
Without knowing, for years, I've been ignorant of the state our nation is in. For years, I've been skeptical about the cynical politicians; my vote doesn't count anyways right? For years, I stand idly as the price of a bag of chips skyrocket to $3.00 per bag! For two bags I could get a combo meal!
A couple of months ago, the name "Ron Paul" starting popping up online. Like a cat, out of pure curiosity, I googled "Ron Paul" and found a blimp telling me to google Ron Paul. And to my surprise, it was a presidential candidate. Primary? Elections already? What The Frank?
My only real source of news/entertainment has been the new media the past couple of years, and I was shock by my discovery via digg/youtube/google. The more I researched, the more I read, the more the watched, the more I listen to that antidotal voice, the more my apathy was cured. So what took me so long? Like many, I've heard the message, but like any medication, it needed time to work. Dr. Paul's message is a real paradigm shifter.
After reading a supporter's comment in regards to voting on values rather than with the herd, I've come to a realization... an "aha!" moment... where I just needed another voice to tell me what I always believed; my values. My principles. I'm not voting for the person! I'm voting for the values that person stands for; my values!
Dr. Paul knew it... it wasn't him, it was his message! It was my message. It was our message that we all desperately wanted to cry out all of these years. And the time is now for us to shed these tears because we can't wait another four more years.