Here is what I wish I could have said to you yesterday; however, I restrained myself because I didn’t want to interrupt your conversation, as that would have been rude:
1. Talking loudly on a cell phone in a store is rude and obnoxious.
2. Talking loudly about politics on a cell phone in a store is rude and obnoxious.
3. Talking loudly and using foul language about politics on a cell phone in a store is rude and obnoxious.
I understand that you are tired of the current ongoing and never-ending presidential election. Really, I feel your pain. I personally cannot wait for Wednesday, November 7, either.
Going off on a loud, crude political diatribe using the F-bomb in a public place is annoying and offensive. Luckily, no small children were nearby to hear you say, “Pardon my French, but…”
Furthermore, you totally lost all credibility when you also declared to the poor person on the receiving end of your call (your mother, I believe) that you’ve “never registered to vote and never will.” You looked to be in your mid-to-late 40s, which means you’ve had numerous opportunities to become a fully engaged citizen for more than 20 years, yet you have chosen not to use your Constitutional right to do so — a right, I might add, that earlier generations of women fought and died for. For their suffering alone, it behooves you to get yourself to the Registrar of Voters’ office.
Your rationale that you hate both candidates equally is a poor one, especially since you say you’ve never voted. What? You’ve hated both candidates every time there’s been an election in the past 20+ years? That’s a lot of haterade you’re drinking.
I suspect the larger issue is that either you are lazy or you don’t understand the importance of your vote or both. What a shame. Virginia is going to be a key part of the 2012 election and those of us who do our civic duty and vote could very well decide which man lives in the White House for the next four years.
While there are usually other candidate options in every election, I can understand your reluctance to throw away your vote (you know, the one you’ve never actually cast) on someone who’s not a Democrat or Republican. I suggest that you educate yourself. From what you were saying, I seriously doubt you have actually researched either President Obama’s or Mr. Romney’s platforms. Go to their websites. Read what they have to say. Find one candidate that you dislike less than the other and vote for him. Then, trust that he will do the very best job than he can do.
I also recommend that you read this book, as it will give you some seriously eye-opening insights into one of the toughest jobs in the world.
Until you have actually exercised your right to vote, you have no reasonable foundation for bitching about this country’s leadership.
P.S. Time is running out. If you live in the city, the voter registration office is conveniently located in City Hall on the Downtown Mall. If you live in the county, you need to go to the county offices on 5th Street. Or, you can look online and download the necessary forms.
P.P.S. Also, if I ever hear you again anywhere, I won’t hesitate to tell you all this.