Tuesday, November 6, 2012
WO: On Election Day
I don't usually use the site here as a focus on political things, and for the most part, few people on the internet are even aware of my political affiliations. But when people ask me which party I am for, I give them a straight answer, and I stick to my beliefs, despite the near inexhaustible argumentative nature of others.
Now, this election has been a unique one, in the sense that most of the newer young people that have finally hit that age where they can vote are doing so, and are dragging their technological social applied networks with them.
In an age where every tiny nuance of the world is commented on with Twitter and Facebook, we've gained a huge amount of global awareness, and in the process learned how to be obstinately opinionated on damn near everything, from gas prices, to last weeks orange juice ads at the local market.
American Otaku are no different.
Just because you are a nerd of the highest order, is no reason to pander to the masses of ignorance, and to follow along with what's trending right now. The real issues that are being decided on in this election are some of the fiercest I've seen in more than sixteen years, and the outcome of this election will bring with it a future four years of America where we will either see greater freedom for the people, or greater control from the people we've hired.
Granted, it's easy to spout political party nonsense, and I'll forgive a lot of you younger voters for being just plain stupid, and not truly understanding the bigger picture. But the time for selfishness is over. You have to dig past the tweets, past the hash tags, and past the trending videos on YouTube. Otherwise, you yourselves will be the ones that will have fucked us all in the end.
I don't see anyone in this election as white, or black, or any such ethnicity. To me, you are all Americans, and if you are fans of this site, and anime, you are all American Otaku. I don't vote for a person because they have the novelty of being black, or because they have a master's degree in business management, or because they represent an aspect of this country.
I vote because I want the whole country to benefit from the leadership of the person I want in office. I vote because I want the right person making laws for me, and slapping my hand, when I disobey them, and punishing crime, and overseeing the structure of this country that has taken two hundred years to get here.
So I'm going to challenge you... today. If you are an eligible voter, and you haven't voted; then please... for the love of God, do some research, and find a reason to vote today. Look past race, and ethnicity, look past popularity, and controversy. Look at the country, and at your family, and friends, and ask which person you would trust to protect them, and care for them, and make decisions that will affect them long into the future.
Do your civic duty, and vote. Otherwise the wrong person may win, and who can you blame then?
In the meantime, here's some American inspired anime art for you to look at and relax with.