Mike Firesmith is a writer from Georgia. I find his stories interesting and I find his thoughts challenging me often. This is a good thing. I have, with his acceptance, borrowed one of his FB posts to share. Agree or disagree, it is food for thought. Voting numbers are a problem just about everywhere. Australia will fine you if you don’t vote and they have a huge turnout. Enjoy the read, or not, but at least think about it.
There were many people who were against the American Revolutionary War, even though they lived in the Colonies and they didn’t like the King. There were many people, both North and South, who thought the War Between the States was a remarkably bad idea, even though they supported, or opposed, the issues that brought that war into being.
You do not have to support or oppose radicalism, uncivil disobedience, rioting, or domestic terrorism. All you have to do is sit and wait for it to happen. If you will just do nothing, say nothing, voice no opinion, and take no actions, then you are asking others to do as they see fit, and as we have learned very recently, and much to our regret, this will certainly take place.
The idea that this country is being run by people who were elected by a majority isn’t true; they were only elected by a majority of those who bothered to vote. The last election season is what we get when most people sit it out. The last election was about two candidates that were the lesser of two evils, or more, in primaries where remarkably few people showed up at the polls.
If there are bombs and bullets it will be because there were not enough ballots. People stayed home. People didn’t get out and get involved. People rolled their eyes and played video games. People played their part in letting other people decide for them.
This is how we got where we are. It’s not the fault of those who used the apathy in this country to take over this country.
It’s our fault.
You think you’re dismayed now, just wait until the first full scale riot hits a major city and people start dying in the streets.
All you had to do was go out, make an informed decision, and vote.
What you have to do next is survive long enough to have a chance to do it again.
Best of luck.
Mike Firesmith The Hickory Head Hermit