With the election finally coming tomorrow, I thought it was time to take out one of my favorite books, The Book of Excuses, Unabridged Version. Appropriately, Chapter 5 is titled, Excuses Not To Vote.
While I can't list all the reasons, I will share some of the author's best:
1. My vote doesn't matter. With some 130 million registered votes, what difference does one less vote make? Answer: Why do people buy lottery tickets when the odds are much worse?
2. I don't like any of the candidates. Well, who does? The average person can list the number of best friends on one hand. Truth is we dislike more people than we like.
3. I hate standing in long lines waiting to vote. Well, the absentee ballot was available long before today.
4. Other than the President and perhaps the Proposals, I don't even know the other candidates. Truth is most others don't know either. That's why some people vote straight party ticket or why some don't even vote for the other candidates. But then again, you can read about the other candidates and learn enough to properly vote.
I love the Book of Excuses. The first few chapters are really good such as excuses for showing up late; forgetting a birthday or anniversary; not having manners; and not sending thank you cards. I think a couple more chapters could be included for the Detroit Lions, Wolverines, and L'Oreal.
Excuses are for losers. Get out and vote tomorrow. And vote for the right reasons and the right people.
On a sidebar, I couldn't let today pass without a mention of the miraculous finish at Spartan Stadium on Saturday. Incredible, amazing, outstanding and one of the craziest times ever at a game. One more reason never give up even when the odds are stacked against you. Sweet victory is the best taste of all. And yes Dawn, you can bid on tickets next year!