You’ll hear it over and over again, ignorant fools spouting, “It don’t matter who you vote for cuz they’re all crooks and liars.”
But as the last two presidencies clearly showcase, it does fucking matter who the president is. When George W. Bush was president, nearly 3,000 people were killed in a terrorist attack. We waged war against one nation as a direct result of that September 11 attack, and another was attacked just because Bush wanted to kick some ass, or oil, or daddy issues, it’s never been clear why we attacked Iraq. At the end of it all, tax cuts, deregulation and bad government cost the lives of thousands upon thousands of Americans, hundreds of thousands of other people caught in the crossfire, constitutional rights trampled and our entire economy crumbled to near utter collapse. Millions of people lost their jobs, their homes, their retirement, everything.
Now look back at Democratic President Barrack Obama. While many label him a wild-eyed socialist anti-colonial (which I think is supposed to be an insult, but I don’t get it) Kenyan, Obama has actually government just left of center. Had he been a true socialist, he wouldn’t have backed off from a true government run health program – expanding Medicare. No, as a pragmatist, Obama got what he could, the Affordable Care Act and now millions of people who couldn’t afford private health insurance, can now do so thanks to Obama. We also have marriage equality. The economy is rebounding quite nicely. The war in Iraq is over, however, the US is still dealing with the Bush’s policies that destabilized the Middle East and created a safe haven for terrorists. Osama bin Laden is dead. And the south is finally agreeing to give up the confederate flag, although I don’t think Obama had much to do with that, but he has spoken much more frank about race in the last few months, which has given progressives room to operate.
So, yes, it matters who you vote for. Don’t sit on the sidelines and bitch, volunteer for a candidate you like. Donate money to a party, candidate or group that you agree with on issues. And please, go vote.