Danita's Dish: If you don't vote then don't complain

CLEVELAND - I'm proud to be an American. I'm grateful to live in a country where I have a say in who becomes the leader of the United States of America. The right to vote should be taken seriously. It is your opportunity to make your voice count. So do it.

I hate to admit that I have been in the company of people who say they don't vote because they feel it doesn't matter. That is a terrible attitude to take. And usually these are the same people who constantly complain about all that is wrong with this country.

Well, if you're not going to vote then don't complain. Zip it. Hush. Be quiet. Talk to the hand, please.

You have to be a participant in democracy and use your power by voting on the issues and people you believe in. Sometimes we tend to focus too much on trying to relate to a particular party, instead of making educated decisions on who is the best person for the job.

If you just want to be a spectator and complain all the time, then take a look in the mirror. Instead of being a part of the solution, your decision not to vote is part of the problem.

The disease called "voter apathy" is widespread. It crosses all racial and socio-economic lines. The symptoms are a lack of interest, an I don't care attitude, mistrust of the system, and a feeling that your vote is worthless. Any of these ring a bell for you?

Or maybe you are on political ad overload and it's made you more confused than clear about the candidates and the issues.

If you're feeling any of the above symptoms here's what I want you to do: relax, research and exercise your right to vote. It's simple. Whether you are a registered Democrat, Republican, or an Independent, you are first an American. And as a citizen of this great country, you owe it to those who fought for your right to vote to let your voice be heard. It's a privilege and an honor and it's something we all should respect.

I'm Danita and I approve this message.

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