I Care About Politics Right Now and So Should You

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I’ve been bored a lot lately, especially since Justin moved back onto the Mt. Whitney where a cellphone signal goes to die. I know I could be out exploring the world and stuff, but of course I’ve found myself with my laptop and an alcoholic beverage in hand. Why would you expect any more from me? Somehow, I found myself knee deep in political news articles. It’s not a hard thing to do these days after the circus that is the 2016 Presidential Election has begun. I say “begun” but really I’m several years behind, and so are you. Why? Because you shouldn’t be voting on anyone based off of their political party. No, not at all. You should be voting on a politician based off of your beliefs and what they are doing to protect them. However, you can’t trust what a politician says about gun control, abortion, foreign policy, immigration laws, etc. based off of what they said in their last press conference. Instead, you must look at what is in black and white: their voting history.

So, while the majority of my Mt. Whitney friends have been sight seeing and market hopping since summer has bloomed, I’ve been swimming in voting histories of the legitimate political candidates for this next voting session. In a TL;DR version, it’s a massive cluster fuck. I could tell you who I think is our best option for president, but what would be the point in that? I’m not here to sway anyone towards any agenda, I’m here to tell you what my drunken thoughts are. So here it is: please, for the love of whoever, vote in the primaries. Please. Don’t like Hillary? Or Jeb? Or (for fucks sake) Donald Trump? They will be a non-issue after the primaries if they don’t win. In 2012, only 59% of eligible voters actually voted in the general presidential election. That, to me, is disgusting. To the 40% out there who didn’t vote, go fuck yourselves, but do it in another country, because you don’t deserve to be in the USofA.

Voter turnout for presidential elections is low, but for the primaries it’s basically nonexistent. I feel sad to acknowledge that most people don’t know that they can even vote in the primaries. People, people, people. Listen. The primaries are where the real political drama is at. The Oval Office is made in the primaries! With so many clowns in this rat race, it’s important to exercise your basic human right as an American citizen and vote on who you think will best represent our nation. If you’re unsure about all of them because you feel all politicians are crooks, that’s ok. Just do a little research and then see how you feel. You’ll probably still think they’re all crooks, but at least you’ll be educated. There are some forerunners that legitimately scare the crap out of me, but people will probably vote for them because they know their names. DON’T. My eye is twitching, seriously. Google some stuff, look at credible resources (not conservativetribune.com and not FoxNews) and then make a decision. For unbiased political news and info, check out BBC, The Wall Street Journal or The Economist. Unsure if your source for news is bullshit? This article has an idiot-proof chart to let you know.

I hope you all make me proud. Just do what you’re obligated to do and then you can complain as much as you’d like if our next president is as stupid as the last dozen or so. I’ll see you at the polls friends. (Well, figuratively speaking, because I’ll be over here voting absentee. That’s a thing, too. FYI.)

Rachael Clemons
Rachael Clemons