Okay folks, let’s get real.

It really doesn’t matter what side of the aisle you sit on, we all like to complain about politics. But even though this is a fact in every election, voter turn out always is low.

I know a lot of people care about what happens in politics, it’s evident by what is on social media these days. And very few of the things posted are nice.

So with all this passion out there about what’s going on politically in this country, why is there still are so many who do not vote?

And this year, voting is easier than ever. You can even fill out a ballot in your own home and drop it off. You can vote early to help ease the burden on election day and help with social distancing. Or, you can vote in person on Nov. 3.

There are so many options.

With all that’s happened in our country this year, it’s more important than ever to have your voice heard. The country is sick, strained and divided. And the complaining and down-right meanness in response to all that’s happening is strong.

My response is – don’t just post about it, vote.

In the end, if you don’t vote, you have just declined the right to complain about anything that occurs afterwards.

And, after the votes are counted, please calm down and accept the results. That’s how this country operates. We may not always like the outcome but we have to accept it. Then, if you voted, feel free to complain about it on social media. But you still have to accept it.

Throughout the seven or so presidential elections I have been able to vote in during my lifetime, I have not always liked the results. Many times I’ve wished the outcome had been different. But, our country’s history and foundation depends on a peaceful transition of power, no matter who wins the election.

So even if I didn’t like a result, and often found myself complaining about it, as an American I had to accept it, cope with it for four years and then vote again. It’s just how this stytem works.

I say all this to underscore the importance of voting.

Abraham Lincoln once said “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

We don’t need to sit on blisters. Vote and make your voice heard. And if it doesn’t go your way, make a difference in your community to try to make things better where you are. Then in four more years, vote again.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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