Commonly unused right

I was sitting around a large conference room table with my fellow software development team. We were getting ready to start our requirements analysis workshop for the week.

“Are you going to vote?” by boss asked me. It was a few days before the 2012 presidential election.

“No,” I said. I could see the furious judgement in her eyes.

“Why not,” she implored, “thousands of soldiers have risked their lives to make sure you have that right, and you’re not going to exercise it.”

I gave some lame excuses about how I really just did not care about politics. At that time in my life I didn’t really watch or read the news unless it came across Mashable. I hadn’t researched the issues, and I really didn’t want to stand in the extraordinarily long line.

After several more minutes of guilt tripping and apathetic replies she finally let up and we went about our meeting.

Change requires political action

Looking back at that moment now, I see how right she was. I’m still not some political extremist, but I do see the immense value that exercising my right to vote has in promoting the changes I believe need to be made in order to bring some balance back to our planet.

The surprising part is that I never thought I would be interested in politics or have a passion for taking the time to research and learn about the issues that are so heavily tied to them.

Sadly, the fate of our planet lies in the hands of politicians around the world. It seems silly to me that one of the most crucial issues we face, climate change and how to adapt to it, requires a bunch of old men to yell at each other. Money is not going to matter when the planet becomes too hot to inhabit! It doesn’t matter if it is man made or not, it is happening, and science shows that adding more CO2 to the atmosphere is DEFINITELY NOT going to make it any better! Get it together, Congress!

Can't complain

Then again, because I didn’t vote in the last congressional election (still was too lazy as my political interest has only sprung up very recently), I can’t complain. The only thing I can do is get informed, spread the awareness, and stand in line next time.