not voting isn’t refusing to play the game. You’re in this country, you’re subject to the game whether you like it or not. The only way not to play is to leave, and the vast majority of us don’t have that option.
Not voting is playing the game but saying ‘pass’ every time your turn comes up and then wondering why you lost.
Remember the founding fathers were mostly in their early to mid twenties when they sparked the revolution
Also, if you feel like your individual Vote doesn’t matter in the national election, remember that there are also a shitton of downticket races where the total number of votes cast is way smaller, but that also have the potential for major impact. MAKE SURE YOU VOTE THE WHOLE TICKET. VOTE IN MIDTERM ELECTIONS, AND OFF-YEAR ELECTIONS, AND SPECIAL ELECTIONS.
Vote for governor, because Rick Snyder poisoned Flint but still got a second term. Vote for Attorney General, because there should have been a whole lot more charges brought in Ferguson. Vote for Secretary of State, because they control voter ID and early voting policies. Vote for state legislatures, because we CAN stop the flood of anti-abortion legislation if we try. Vote for county supervisors and city councils and school boards, because they decide if your library gets shafted in the next local budget, and whether homeless people get social services or arrest warrants, and whether zoning restrictions squeeze affordable housing options out of business.
YOUR VOTE DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE TELLING YOU OTHERWISE HAVE AN AGENDA AND IT’S NOT GOOD FOR YOU.
I know it may feel like a lost cause sometimes, like there’s no point in voting…but there is. So many people don’t vote for that very reason…think of all those people could influence if they decided to vote.