I can feel the glares. I can hear the crinkle of stickers on tshirts that I do not have. There are a ton of really amazing reasons to vote, and I think everyone should, really. I think those who are unregistered are lame and thoughtless, and that’s me judging other people when I didn’t vote on Tuesday. Yup. I went there.
I’m part of the “young people who don’t vote” problem. I think? Am I still in that demographic. Oh god, I’m even a bad remember-er of statistics, and age ranges. And here is why I did not vote: I don’t feel like I live anywhere, I mean my stuff and I are in San Francisco, but am I invested in who will become governor here? I am not. Maybe California is so big that every state should care about who California chooses to run it, but they don’t. And now I’m beginning to think that even real Californians don’t even care since they elected the dude who effed up Oakland, and already had a go at Governor for two terms back in the 70s. Anyways, the point is – I don’t feel invested in this state, I don’t feel invested in Washington state (where I’ve been registered absentee for quite a while… and am unsure if I am still registered because quite possibly that has expired), I don’t really feel invested anywhere.
And really, I’m just not that up in arms about the Republicans taking the House. This is how it’s supposed to work, this is how the country was set up. People have different views on how to run things, they elect the guy they think best represents them, and then those people go to DC and argue for two years. Even if those people are actually douchebags and totally lie to the people in order to be elected, that cannot be helped. The President doesn’t get to be a dictator, the things Obama wants to change cannot be done with the simple act of his signature, all of those policies have to go through The Process and that’s why it takes so fucking long. I didn’t vote because no one is representing me right now. I know technically I count as a body in CA, but next year I may not be here anymore, and then what?
What makes me feel the most hopeless are the Tea Partiers. 1) for taking a really awesome moment in history and totally fucking it up by using the same name and 2) because of the misinformed, racist crap that came out of it. You are why people hate America. Right there. With your misspelled signs (typos happen, but when it’s only 3-5 words, you’d think MAYBE you’d double check), and your ig-nor-ant politicians running for god knows what (Hi, I’m christine o’donnel, and I am not an educated woman), and your racism (Obama only looks out for black people! and he’s a muslim! running under the awful MUSLIM AGENDA!) and the fact that so many people support this shit. Barf.
I realize that if every young person voted, the issues would invariably swing my way, and I’m part of the problem, not the solution, but I’m just not invested. I don’t have anything to root for. And I don’t have a home to represent.