“Does it involve getting up?”
This is one of our many Family Jokes.
“I guess I should do X….”
“Then do it.”
“But it involves getting up!”
But it’s not just a joke. A lot of times, X gets delayed — just because it involves getting up.
It’s like static and kinetic friction in physics. It’s usually harder to overcome static friction and get an object to start moving than it is to overcome kinetic friction and keep the object moving at a constant velocity. It’s easy enough to take a bath, but it’s hard to stop what you’re doing, get up, find a towel, and start taking a bath.
But there’s one X that can’t be delayed — voting. If you delay voting long enough, boom. November eighth is over, and you haven’t cast your vote.
I mean, come on! If you have a vote, use it! It’s important! And you even get to fill in little ovals on a ballot!
If you can’t get to the polls, you might be able to get a ride.
- Union Cab is giving free rides to and from the polls in and near Madison, Wisconsin.
- Women Votes 2016 is setting up carpools.
- You can also vote by mail: Here’s the rundown.
- And here’s how to register to vote or get an absentee ballot in Maryland.
- And here’s how to find your polling place.
If you haven’t made up your mind about whom to vote for/against, keep thinking. And think about the local races too, not just the presidential contest.
Finally, a soliloquy:
To vote or not to vote
That is the question
Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The jeers and scandals of outrageous Donald
Or to use sense against a sea of untruths,
And by opposing end them? To stay home: to opt out;
Or to vote Green! … and hope to end
Our consciousness of the thousand crazy shocks
That politics generates, ’tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish’d. To boycott, to sleep;
To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;
For in that oblivion what nightmares may come
The morning after Inauguration Day
Must give us pause: there’s the respect
That makes us vote for the lesser calamity
For who would bear the ties to
Big Oil, Big Ag, Big Banks
The threat of despised war, the law’s delay,
The insolence of Wall Street and the spurns
That progressives of the neoliberals take,
When they themselves might their quietus make
With a write-in? who would fardels bear,
To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
But that the dread of something after Election Day,
The undiscover’d apocalypse from whose grip
No democracy returns, puzzles the will
And makes us rather bear those ills we have
Than fly to others that we know not of?
Thus conscience does make pragmatists of us all;
And thus the native hue of idealism
Is channeled o’er by cold clear thought
And enterprises of great pith and moment
In small steps achieve the name of action.
Affordable Health! Tuition-free College!
Living Wages, Growing Jobs, Cleaner Energy!
Family Leave, Infrastructure, Immigration
Gun Control, Reproductive Rights,
Supreme Court Justice!
Reversal of Citizens United!
To vote or not to vote
There is no question.