My Election Perspective
My daughter is 20 and will be voting in her first presidential election. Discussing politics around the dinner table has been commonplace for most of her life and now she gets to put her vote into practice.
People tell me that I have the ability to simplify marketing so that it is understandable and actionable. Much too much has been said about the current candidates…specifically about why to not vote for them. I explained my perspective about voting to Morgan and thought it would be valuable to share with the subscribers of Hot Marketing Tips. You are an intelligent and thoughtful group of people…many of you I know personally and some know my daughter.
I shared with Morgan that voting…
Is a Privilege
Voting is a privilege of national citizenship that is enjoyed by only 44% of the global population. The majority of the world’s population gets no vote in how their government is run. You do.
150 years ago, you would not get to vote as a woman or a 20 year old. Today, in America, citizens who are 18 years of age or older, male or female, or any race get to vote.
It didn’t start out that way but adapted by the demands of the people.
Elects a Human
The candidates are not super heroes nor evil villains. Don’t think of them that way. They are flawed humans just like you and me. The really good ones probably aren’t that good. The really bad ones, probably aren’t that bad.
Requires a Filter
The flawed concept of “What are you going to do for me” leads to flowery campaign promises that more often than not are simply fantasy. Don’t believe them. Politicians do this for the 5-second snippet that will get reported in the news cycle to promote themselves. Remember, your dad is a marketing guy. I know how this works.
Is Not a Bet
Many adults simply want to vote for the eventual winner so they don’t feel that they are on the losing side. If this is all you care about with your vote, then you will be easily swayed by the polls which are premature. The only poll that counts is the one taken on Election Day that includes your vote.
Counts, Especially in Ohio
All votes count. As an Ohioan, your vote really counts. Since 1964 with the election of Lyndon Johnson, the road to the White House has run through Ohio. In the last 13 presidential elections, as Ohio goes, so goes the president.
Is Your Voice
Each election is your opportunity to have your voice heard. While you may know very little about politics as a 20 years old, your voice and your vote count when it comes to electing one of the most powerful leaders in the world. Put thought, time and prayer into your vote.
No matter who you cast your vote for in 2016, by recognizing the responsibility of voting, taking actions to be an informed voter and actually voting, you are supporting the best candidate in the race which is Lady Liberty…she is recognized around the world as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.
When you consider the opportunity that we have today and that I’ve done nothing to earn it, I’m humbled to be an American.