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Celebrate Election Day to make voting cool again

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Celebrate Election Day to make voting cool again

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By Brendan Lally, Collegian Columnist

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Leading up to this year’s midterm elections, it was nearly impossible to go on your phone and not see the words, “Go Vote.” All across social media, celebrities and athletes preached that our civic duty must be fulfilled. Uber even offered free rides for those heading to the polls. But the fact of the matter is, on average, only about 40 percent of eligible voters usually vote in midterm elections. So, you’d think with all the fuss about going out and voting this year, there would have been a historic turnout, right? Unfortunately, only around 47 percent of eligible voters cast their ballots this past Tuesday. And that percentage was actually considered a “whopping figure.” At this point, it’s clear that Election Day needs to be a national holiday.

Everyone knows that holidays are special days of the year. No matter what religion you practice or what country you’re from, holidays are something to look forward to. As Americans, we get excited about all sorts of things, like Halloween costumes, turkeys and a guy in a red suit carrying a bag of gifts. Granted, these celebrations are usually lighthearted, but some holidays have more serious sides. For example, Christmas and Easter are commonly celebrated with loads of fun activities, but both holidays carry serious religious undertones. Both of these days are living proof that it’s possible to take something seriously and still celebrate it in a fun manner.

On the Fourth of July, everyone gets decked-out in our nation’s colors and celebrates accordingly. Imagine a world where Election Day was comparable to Independence Day. You’d have barbecues, drinks and, most importantly, the day off. Instead of finding a chunk of time throughout your day to hit the polls, everyone would get it out of the way first thing in the morning. Following voting, people would gather and celebrate the fact that we’re lucky enough to vote. It really is a big deal that we get to have a say in choosing our own leaders. Many countries still don’t have that luxury.

If Election Day became a celebrated holiday, it would be something to look forward to instead of another thing to cross off your daily agenda. Giving a present on Christmas is just something that most people who celebrate Christmas do. Similarly, casting a ballot on Election Day would be something that every American does. Forty seven percent of the population is not going to represent everyone fairly, so why not actually vote what’s on your mind and have a day while doing it? Plus, why wouldn’t we want another excuse to wear red, white and blue and go to a party? Someone needs to step up and make voting cool again.

Wait, voting was never cool? That’s part of the problem! If voting was celebrated instead of encouraged, everyone partying would feel obligated to actually partake in the true meaning of Election Day. This goes for all holidays – we have a conscious drive to celebrate them. On Valentine’s Day, you find a valentine. There’s nobody on social media saying, “Go find a Valentine!”  So, just saying “Go Vote” obviously doesn’t cut it. In fact, this year, the message seemed to get watered down as the days grew closer to the election. I felt like every single day all I could see was propaganda asking me to vote. The incessant messages simply became flat out annoying. I understand that a lot of people dislike our president, and one of the only reasons he was elected was due to low voter turnout, but enough is enough. All of the sudden, everyone is flexing the fact that they’ve done their civic duty.

It seems like the hatred people have for our president is the leading factor in bringing them to the polls. How messed up is that? We should be voting for the people we like, not voting against the people we don’t. Nowadays, people face so much hate for believing what they believe. You can’t call yourself a Trump supporter on this campus without someone thinking you’re ignorant. You also can’t tell a hard-core conservative you’re a liberal or else they’ll call you soft.

In a perfect world, liberals and conservatives would end Election Day together by kicking back by the fire and crushing whatever is left in the cooler. After a long day of burgers, dogs and ribs on the grill, everyone would put their political beliefs aside and celebrate the fact that we live in a great country. That’s the one thing that unites us all in the end, and too often, people forget that.

Brendan Lally is a Collegian columnist and can be reached at [email protected]

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4 Responses to “Celebrate Election Day to make voting cool again”

  1. NITZAKHON on November 14th, 2018 7:34 am

    You make a fundamental mistake here. People on the Left do NOT think America is a great country. They think America is an evil, racist nation thanks to the Frankfurt School.

    https://youtu.be/q6c_dinY3fM

  2. Amy on November 14th, 2018 3:59 pm

    Voting has never been ‘cool’. the highest voting group is … senior citizens.

    The way professors and public colleges like Umass and resources that public funds pay for and how they push influence on elections is borderline illegal; you can’t use state funds in this way.

  3. amy on November 15th, 2018 2:39 pm

    The left invented the frankfurt school to push their ideas, not the other way around and the reason the left so dominates media/academia and parts of the government is because of their desire to infiltrate the institutions of society and enact their agenda that way(notice it’s always done by force never consent) which they started doing in the 1960s.

    IF you really see what the left for what it is, stripped of it’s ideology and delusional/false claims to enact an utopia; it’s made up of two things. 1. An alternative pillar of power; the left is outside the mainstream establishment of the united states, it almost always has been although ever now and then they will get a president or have alot of influence and because they want power, they are against everything about the existing power structure, white people, white men, the constitution, patriotism, capitalism, meritocracy, true democracy which is based on legitimately winning elections(not using demographics or fraud or the court system), western civilization. They are against all these things because they are either not part of them or they don’t benefit; meritocracy is a good example very rarely liberals will win or be successful and the few instances they manage to take over something, a city or country or college, it is almost always trashed. They are also against these thing out of a childish impulse since they are against the main ‘system’ to oppose everything that is part of it.

    2. Most liberals and those attract to socialism or a sort of Neo-socalism which is the same thing but it just is more subtle, is that they are the losers of humanity, losers of society, losers of nature and they put together all this effort to blame those who are simply better, better off, who are smarter, more successful and want to create a ‘system’ that will fix everything for them.

    At the heart of socialism, is something that is entirely motivated by emotion or ‘ethos’ opposed to logic, reason, logos. At the heart of it is also envy and others have recognized this like Nietzsche.

  4. NITZAKHON on November 16th, 2018 6:06 am

    @Amy:

    You seem to believe that ethics and morality are even in the same ballpark as the Left.

    They care about one thing, and one thing only: power. They’re missionaries, and they truly believe – in their Marxianic Zeal – that they can create heaven on earth because they are the noble, elite, uber-educated ones who can “do it right this time”.

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