Milk Fam on The Importance of Voting
The day has finally come; the end is nigh. It is the day before the 2016 U.S. presidential election—and as Iggy Pop and Kate Moss so succinctly put it in the video above, you can either choose or lose. The only difference is, whereas back then losing looked a little something like Bob Dole, for this election, losing looks more like a confluence of hot Cheetos (not the good kind) and 16th century rural America—tyranny, essentially.
Tomorrow, if you can vote, it’s compulsory that you do so—and that you take a good, long, hard look at our two candidates, and what America under their presidency would look like, before making your decision.
But enough out of us! We asked our Milk fam why voting is important to them, and here’s what they had to say:
“The right to vote means the ability to help shape your destiny and implement change with the help of real leaders.” – Mick Batyske
“Because it’s our right to make a difference in the world we live in and we should all try to make it the best world possible.” – Eric Schlösberg
“I used to think that I didn’t have a place in expressing an opinion about politics. I came to understand that in order for someone of my age bracket, racial background, gender etc to feel represented and heard it’s up to us to utilize the freedom and responsibility we have to vote.” – Natalia Mantini
“The right to vote is important to me because I am not from this country and I have the privilege of becoming an American citizen who gets to voice my opinion on a ballot.” Niki Takesh
“The right to vote means the ability to be a part of a community and fight for what you think is right.” – Alexandra Marzella
“The right to vote is not only important, but essential to our identity as Americans. We have the unique privilege to determine who leads our nation, our state, our city, our courts. Every right that we enjoy today, we have only because someone else was willing to fight for it. As the Millennial generation, we have a reputation of not caring enough about politics; so many of us don’t vote. And I don’t think it’s because we don’t care about what happens—it’s that many just hide behind their screens and hope that tomorrow will be better (an assumption we can’t make considering that Trump is running for president). Older generations are more proactive about the democratic process, yet they haven’t experienced the changes over the past 20 years quite like we have, and as a result don’t have the foresight that we do.
Ultimately, I am able to vote because someone stepped up to protect that right, and it’s my responsibility to exercise it.” – Michelle Salem
Images via Oyster Magazine and Just Jared; lead graphic by Ashley Britton.
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