Do It For Our Country
By Sam Perwin
Today is election day, so you should go vote. No, this is not a big, sexy Presidential election. No, New York isn't really in any danger of losing its Governor or two Senators, but you should vote anyway - BECAUSE VOTING IS AWESOME. Allow me to wax politically for a moment, not with any left-wing vitriol (though if you want to know what I think about pretty much everything, go check out what my man Robert Reich is preaching), but with some simple, good-old-fashioned American patriotism.
Voting is our consitutional right as American citizens. It is the foundation upon which our great nation was founded: representation. To say that our current governmental system is FUBAR is the understatment of the century. Because of Citizens United (don't EVEN get me started...), unprecendented amounts of money are flowing into political campaigns. Many news outlets have reported that this relatively insignificant midterm election will be the most expensive midterm election in history. But here's the thing about money in politics: at the end of the day, it's still just you and a voting booth. The best, and truthfully the only way to effect any kind of change in politics is by voting. Obama proved this twice. The media and the pollsters can say whatever they want, but you are not powerless. You have a say. You have a vote. I find that empowering, uplifting, and honestly, it makes me proud to be an American.
I'm not being naive here. Things will go the way they go today whether or not I cast a vote. The cynics and even the Anarchists will say that refusing to vote is a great way to show your disgust with the system (which is really undoubtedly disgusting). But for me, it's too much of a privilege to waste. Even if you think my vote doesn't "matter" - which, let me be clear, I do not believe for a second - the fact that I have the right to cast it is worth celebrating every single Election Day. Even if this particular one doesn't seem all that important, it's still a chance to vote.
To sum up. Go vote. It's your patriotic duty. And now, some Grease 2:
 - By relatively insignificant, I mean historically speaking. The party of a two term, lame duck President usually loses the majority of the Senate in the second midterm elections. Also, historically, as I heard on NPR, a Democratic President with a Republican controlled House and Senate tends to be more productive. That's a low bar with this congress, but here's hoping.