A Message to All Liberals: Stop Complaining, Get Off Your Asses and Go Vote

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Image via rockthevote.com

I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more frustrated with liberals than I have been heading into this year’s midterm elections. If Democrats lose the Senate in a couple of weeks, we might as well just write-off the last two years of Obama’s presidency. Because if you thought Republican obstruction has been bad these last few years, just wait and see what happens if they gain control of both the House and Senate. Not only will absolutely nothing get done, but Republicans will have even more power to sabotage the progress that we have made in this country since 2009.

Though the only reason why Republicans stand any chance at reclaiming power in the Senate is because polls overwhelmingly show that millions of liberals aren’t going to vote this November. Which is a pattern liberals often follow in nearly every midterm election. Sure, we show up in decent numbers when it’s time to elect a president, but then we seem to sit out the midterms which are actually more important. Without a Congress that’s willing to work with the president, no matter who we elect, they don’t stand much of a chance of accomplishing anything.

The truth is, when liberals get off their asses and vote – we win.

And I’ve already heard the comeback used by many liberals when I’ve said this before, “Well, who’s to say that just because I’m a liberal and I vote, that means I’ll vote for a Democrat?”

Okay, good point. And it’s your American right to vote for whomever you want to.

But if you want to throw away a vote on some no-name candidate who stands no chance at winning, then don’t complain when the Republican wins and literally none of the values for which you stand are represented in Congress.

Can we be real for a moment? Just some unfiltered, honest talk.

We all want to vote for the “person who we feel represents our values” most, right? And that’s not always a Democrat or a Republican. But when we vote for someone who stands absolutely no chance at winning, we’re not “sending a message.” We’re simply wasting our vote. Someone’s going to win, and the “message” that they’re taking with them is that whatever they ran on is what people want. Politicians don’t care about voters who don’t vote for them. They care about the voters who do. And when we throw away votes on some candidate who gets 6 percent of the vote “just to make a point,” all that says is that the ideologies supported by that candidate aren’t what most people want.

Let me explain how I approach voting.

When it’s time to vote, I analyze the candidates who are on the main ballot and assess which ones have the best chance of winning and who represents most of the values I care about. Because at the end of the day, I want my vote to go to a candidate who I think has chance at winning. Not just a symbolic vote for someone who has absolutely no shot at getting elected.

Does that make me a “sellout”? I guess some could say that. But I just think that it makes more sense. I would much rather disagree with a Democrat 40 percent of the time than a Republican 95 percent of the time.

And no matter what any of us think or feel about our political process, nearly all of our elections come down to two parties. So, either pick a side and do your best to change it from within or whine and moan about it while Republicans gain more power and completely screw this country over. Because every time a liberal doesn’t vote, or votes for someone who stands no chance at winning, that’s a win for the Republican party.

Oh, and if you’re one of those people who “doesn’t vote” just to prove a point as to just how “dissatisfied” you are with our government – you’re an idiot. Not voting because you’re angry doesn’t “prove” a damn thing. You know what it does? It puts all the power in the hands of those who do vote, leaving you with absolutely no voice. Because if you don’t vote, then you shouldn’t complain. Because like I said, when you don’t vote – that’s an automatic win for the other side. So you’re not doing anything but hurting yourself and helping Republicans. You might as well throw on an RNC shirt, whistle Dixie and call it a day, because your absence at the voting booth is just as good as a vote for a Republican.

So, it’s like I said, would you rather have a candidate who represents 60 percent of what you value or practically none of it?

As voters, we make the difference. If we want better Democrats to represent us, then pick better candidates during primary season. It’s that simple. And if you don’t get the exact person you wanted, too bad. That’s why we have elections. More people chose one person over another. And you can either sit back and pout about it, or write to that candidate who won the primary, voice your opinion and hope to bring about change within the party.

But I can promise you what doesn’t bring about change – apathy.

Though that’s a choice every American must make for themselves. But just know, for every liberal (and young voter) who chooses to be apathetic, or “sit this one out,” that apathy is just as good as a vote for the Republican party.

So, my “advice” to all liberals is to pick a side, stop whining and get their asses out and vote this November. But if they just can’t bring themselves to vote for a Democrat, then just vote. Because while I might see it as throwing away a vote (which I clearly said I don’t agree with), at least you’re doing something.

And to all these liberals who aren’t planning to vote this November, you’re doing exactly what Republicans want you to do – nothing. Because Republicans aren’t just hoping for liberal apathy, they’re counting on it. And I don’t know about all of you, but I’m damn sure not going to give Republicans what they want.

So, liberals, I’m begging you. Get your asses up, stop being apathetic and make a damn difference in this country. If you’re unsure of where to vote, hit me up on Twitter and I’ll do my best to help you figure out where to vote or provide any information I can to possibly help you to get to the polls.

Because the last thing I want to see happen this November is Republicans take control back in the Senate. And I’ll do everything I possibly can to prevent that from happening.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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