Disgusted with My Choices, I Didn't Vote — Am I Un-American?

I live near Chicago, where everybody knows about the debacle with our governor a couple years ago. I have fielded many a snarky comment about that, and am thankful that I was able to deflect them, as I was not yet old enough to vote when Blago won the seat. However, this year’s election hardly shaped up to be anything different -- it appeared as if Illinois would yet again be stuck with a poor leader. I thought about my vote: Quinn is a corrupt son-of-a-gun who will probably follow in the same steps as "Bleeping Blago." Brady seems like a typical "I’m gonna say whatever the Democrat doesn’t say" Republican. Whitney? No, he’s part of the crazy Green Party. And Cohen was accused of domestic battery.

My choice was not based on laziness or ignorance, but disgust. How are we supposed to progress as a county, state, or country if we can’t even get decent people to govern us?

So with this, I call out to politicians, or people with political aspirations: please, for the sake of this country (and perhaps the sanity of the people), think about whom you are representing. Think of what your position means. Public office is a grand privilege. Rather than roll your eyes at the non-voters, think about why they’re not voting: target those people, the people who have given up on politics.

Instill hope in them that government can improve and can faithfully represent the people.