In May & June, protestors in Spain gathered – “at one point 28,000 protesters spent the night in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol square.”
Yesterday, thanks to a tweet from @Splashlife, I started to learn more about each of the protests listed above. Each having to do something with the financial situation in that particular country. And the question that Splashlife posed had me start thinking…
Does voting matter?
Of course it matters! While the Occupy Wall Street protest did not begin aimed at legislators, it is slowly picking up pace from protestors speaking about other social disagreements aimed at certain legislation.
But, the question struck a chord and had me thinking for a WHILE… does voting matter?
The reason for the question was because of this article written in the New York Times about younger people’s lack of faith in leaders because of corruption and the power special interest groups have over legislators.
I never thought voting mattered. In high school, in college, I didn’t think I needed to vote because I didn’t CARE for politics. That same feeling still comes back during election years because I can’t stand campaigning. But in the past year, I have realized the power of voting.
Whether you are a protestor, an active advocate, or even someone who thinks all is right with the government, if you vote, then you have a greater say in what is going on than someone who didn’t. This isn’t because you are better or that people who don’t vote, don’t matter.
It’s because legislators take VOTERS more seriously than residents.
Just because you live in a legislator’s district doesn’t mean they will listen, but if you can look them in the eye and say “I am a constituent, and I have voted time in and time out”, then they should listen (they will if they are a good legislator).
The Occupy Wall Street group has a more impactful opinion, if each one of them has voted. And, I am wondering what other’s think about this.
- Do you think voting matters?
- Is there ever a point where it is better NOT to have voted?
- What do you think about the protests?
Leave a comment below. Let me know what you think.