Body for Life, the Universe, and Everything

Being a description of the author's thoughts on the experience of participating in the "Body for Life" Challenge, questions of great philosophical import, and randomly selected topics of no significance whatsoever

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In no particular order, I'm a professional lettering artist, a yoga practitioner, a cat lover, a vegetarian, a reader of everything from books to cereal boxes, married to a very attractive guy named Tom (nope, no kids), an exercise enthusiast, and a lot of other things I don't care to admit in a public forum. I have a BS in applied math that I haven't used in over 10 years, and I can put both feet behind my head. What else would you like to know?

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Worth the price

Today is election day in the United States. If you are eligible to vote, run, do not walk, to your polling place and VOTE.

Tom told someone recently that if everyone in this country voted (instead of about 50% at the very best), the political climate would be completely different, because it would no longer be a matter of politicians trying to get people incensed enough to go vote; instead they would have to actually reflect the opinions of the majority of the people in order to get elected.

If you don't vote, I don't want to hear one word of complaint from you about the government. You had the right to participate in choosing it, and you flung it away with both hands. If you then complain about it, you are no better than a blood-sucking leech.

Look at the news. See the stories about people dying because their countries aren't democracies? Look at the history books. See the stories about people dying for the right to choose one's own government? Wars have been fought for this privilege. If you are female (like me) and/or black, this goes double for you, because many people fought long and hard and bloodily specifically so that you and people like you could cast a ballot, just like the "more favored" citizens of this country. Make the sacrifices of those people mean something. Is your right to vote worth the price, or will you toss it aside like yesterday's garbage?


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