I am bloody tired of hearing people say that voting is a privledge. Voting is a responsibility.
People in this country live (even in the last 4 years where half the population was disenfranchised by a president who believed he was the president of the 50% that voted for him instead of the president of all his people - and that, by the way, sums up my problem with W) with the benefits bought with the blood of the American Revolution, and the blood that was shed down the years to defend it.
You are asked to get off your ass once a year and take a stand.
There are billions of people on this planet, and every one of them has a fair probability of having their lives impacted by what we did this Tuesday. Most of them can't vote, being non US citizens, but the global village is too small these days for people to think of their vote in terms of themselves, one person.
Don't have a candidate you like? You're not voting enough. If your not voting in the primaries, how are you going to get one? You should be voting in every election -- every local election, every school board election - all of them.
I hope you voted, and voted your heart. If you voted for the side I don't support, because you believe in it, I applaud you. If you didn't bother to vote, I think you should have to go to the door of every soldier that gets killed from here on out and tell the family - I'm sorry, but I was apathetic.
Since Tuesday, some of my friends have, or are talking about, switching their affiliation to independent or green since their party doesn't seem to speak for them. I on the other hand am considering switching my affiliation to the other major party. I am really feeling a need to vote in their primaries.
"Be not intimidated, therefore, by any terrors, from publishing with the utmost freedom whatever can be warranted by the laws of your country, nor suffer yourselves to be wheedled out of your liberty by any pretenses of politeness, delicacy, or decency. These, as they are often used, are but three different names for hypocrisy, chicanery, and cowardice" - John Adams (my hero)