"Woke up Election Day, skies gunpowder and shades of gray
Beneath a dirty sun, I whistled my time away"
-- "Livin' in the Future", Magic
Long-time readers may be experiencing deja vu with this post, and they would be right. Fellow LOS writer Steve and I have referenced this lyric on every election day since 2008. We are truly a hilarious duo.
In last year's post, I encouraged everyone to "go out and vote", which, if you actually know me, is very uncharacteristic. I'm very against pro-voting rhetoric - in fact, I didn't even vote in 2012. I have various thoughts about the election process that I really can't devote the time and energy to properly present on this little blog; but basically, I feel that choosing not to vote is a personal choice that should be respected.
However, I also believe in the maxim "if you don't vote, don't complain." Having not voted in 2012, I'm proud to say that I really haven't complained. LOS writer OB and I frequently discuss politics, and while I have had my share of complaints with the country, I have not directed my frustration at the Obama administration. With that being said, I will not be whistling my time away this year. I fully plan to vote, not for patriotic reasons, but for whining reasons. If my candidate loses, I really want to feel justified in my whinging and belly-aching for the next four years.
So, unlike last year's call to vote, this year, I'll just say: vote, or don't. It's really up to you. I'm just in it for the complaining.