The Best $21 I’ve Ever Spent

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When I was a kid, my great-uncle, Les, had a bumper sticker that I wasn’t allowed to say out loud. Now that I’m an adult, I’ll still choose to camouflage it a bit. Anyway, Ii thought it was a great, simple and profound message: “If you don’t vote, don’t b*$&%!” I have never forgotten this, even though Les has been dead for nearly 20 years.

So, here we are on the eve of the mid-term elections. And, due to my ridiculous travel schedule the last six weeks, voting absentee slipped my mind until, oh, the last possible day to fax in a request for absentee voting. And this morning? I paid $21 to Fed Ex my ballot back to St. Louis from Orlando, FL. Why? Because I hate, HATE people who don’t vote. This is America, we have the right and the duty to vote and, if you aren’t voting, frankly, I really don’t want to speak to you. Anytime politics comes up in a discussion, before it can even start off, I ask everyone, “Did you vote in the last election?” If someone says no, tough cookies, they have nothing to say. Why? Because Uncle Les’ bumper sticker was right.

So, get out there and vote tomorrow. I don’t care for whom(okay, Ii DO care for whom, but I’m more concerned that you DO vote). And if you’re not registered, get it done. And vote next time. There’s no excuse not to.

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