They say if you dont vote you cant complain, but thats never stopped young people before. So start your bitching now, you pathetic whiners we all know youre not going to bother to take 10 minutes out of your busy, self-absorbed lives on Nov. 19 to vote in our municipal elections.
Oh, youll have your reasons for not voting. "It doesnt matter who we vote for," youll simper, "because nothing will change." Wahhh!
Or maybe you think youre unqualified because you dont know the issues inside and out, and dont trust yourself to make what is, after all, a really simple decision. If you spent as much time paying attention to the news each day as you spend picking lower back tattoos and carefully angling your hats in the mirror, this would be a piece of cake.
But angst and qualifications aside, we all know the reason young people dont vote is that youre too f-ing lazy, too f-ing cool, or too f-ing wrapped up in your own little lives to take much of an interest in the world around you. If only you could vote by cell phone.
The thing youre missing is that this is your life and your town, if only for a little while so why wont you take a few minutes out of one day to try and make things a little better? The mountains close early, and its too cold and wet to spend the day at the beach, so dont tell me you have anything better to do.
Apathy is too sophisticated a word for you bottom feeders. People are dying around the world just to get that one vote youre too lazy to cast, you ingrates, you leeches on the ass of democracy.
Enough young voters could turn the tide in elections. The B.C. Green Party would have a few candidates in the legislature by now if young people had the courage to vote their convictions. The power brokers in Ottawa might actually care about issues affecting young people for a change if they were worried you were paying attention to what they were doing, and might decide to vote your consciences for a change.
South of the border, George W. Bush would probably be history and the Americans would have a viable third political party if even a fraction of all people aged 18 to 30 bothered to cast ballots in 2000 and 2004.
But noooo, young people always seem to find something better to do.
Every election its the same thing.
The election observers wring their hands and wonder, once again, why young people are staying away from the polls. One common rationale they come up with is that young people feel disengaged from the process, that governments dont really care about young people, that all politicians are somehow corrupt, and it doesnt matter who you vote for because it isnt going to make any difference.