if voting changed anything

to my wlw stressing about this election, please know that you’re allowed to stop watching/checking updates, go to sleep!! take a shower!!! eat some ice cream!! risking your mental health to know exactly how everything is going isn’t going to change anything (as long as you’ve already voted)

and don’t let Tumblr or Twitter stress you out, the memes will be there in the morning, as will the outcome of the election.

Tomorrow the electoral college votes.

Most likely scenario: electors vote exactly as they’re supposed to.

Most unsurprising scenario: a few electors change votes, but not enough to mean anything.

Most Christmas Miracle scenario: the EC chooses Hillary then both parties announce they’ll destroy the EC right after.

Most 2016 scenario: Enough electors defect so trump doesn’t win, but they vote for someone other than Hillary so that the election then goes to the House.  Trump would still be heavily favored, but it would prolong this nightmare several more weeks.

no offense but how many times will leftists have to say that voting democrat in 4 years isnt going to change anything!!!! neither is just making fun of trump as the be all end all form of protest!!!! im not trying to sound condescending about this but its just not gonna do anything

I’ve seen many a smug “activist” here say how they won’t vote because “voting just plays into the system and doesn’t change anything.”

Cool story kiddo, that doesn’t stop the political right from voting, and the next thing you know Fuckface von Clownstick will be sitting in the Oval Office outlawing abortion and deporting everyone.

Sweet Robbie Schneider knows what’s up!

I’ve actually seen people on social media trying to defend his statements by “explaining” that Trump was only referring to illegal immigrants and it doesn’t matter cuz they can’t vote.

Yeah, we know; but it doesn’t change anything. In insulting undocumented people, he insulted the parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins of every first, second, etc., generation offspring of these people. And guess what? We can and do vote. And more and more have been registering to vote following his ignorant statements.

Make your voices heard. Society already tries to marginalize us. Let’s not do it to ourselves. Make the most of the power you have. Only then can you hope for more.

Very important message

IF YOU ARE REGISTERED TO VOTE TODAY, GO OUT AND FUCKING DO IT… YOU MAY NOT THINK YOUR VOTE’S GOING TO CHANGE ANYTHING BUT AT THIS ELECTION EVERY VOTE MAKES A DIFFERENCE. EVEN IF YOU LIVE IN FUCKING MANCHESTER CENTRAL AND WANT TO VOTE TORY OR HARBOROUGH AND WANT TO VOTE LABOUR YOU HAVE TO DO IT!!!! THIS IS POSSIBLY THE CLOSEST FOUGHT ELECTION EVER AND WE’RE ALMOST DEFINITELY GOING TO GET ANOTHER COALITION, YOUR VOTE MIGHT NOT CHANGE YOUR CONSTITUENCY BUT IT WILL SURE AS FUCK HELP TO GIVE THE PARTY YOU CHOSE A DEMOCRATIC MANDATE TO BE IN THAT COALITION

All sarcastic joking aside, voting is one tiny step. It won’t do much at all by itself.

That doesn’t make it pointless, there’s certainly situations where it’s a necessary step (local elections would be a big one here, where the change of political candidate has big and immediate consequences).

But it does make it something that you can’t depend on alone. Ever. Voting by itself will not change anything. The overall systems of exploitation and violence will remain intact. Voting is a Stem The Tide action. Poke another finger in the dam as the floods come.

Eventually that dam will burst so, basically all I’m saying (and I hope what other people are saying) is don’t mark Voting as the End All Be All.

It is one tiny tool in your repertoire, ineffective a lot, effective sometimes but ultimately something that should always be part of a larger strategy. 

A strategy towards major, sweeping change on a societal level.

im 4 months too young to vote this election. please. if you can vote. vote. this is not “the lesser of two evils”. if you’re still saying that, i wish i was in the same position of privilege as you to believe they’re “equally bad for everyone”. not everyone. please go out and vote. do it for all the minorities you know and for your friends and family and the minorities you may be yourself. think of your kids or younger friends who are completely terrified and unable to do anything to change it. this is terrifying. please vote.

One way in which this generation can come across as lazy is in not voting. Which is not anything new to our generation, young people have been disillusioned with voting for a long time, but it can seem that way. The fact that over half of people aged 18-29–members of a generation that outnumbers baby boomers, by the way–view socialism favorably and yet an establishment candidate is beating a socialist in one party’s primaries–not even a general!–tells me there’s an issue with us getting to the polls.

And before anyone says some shit like, “If voting could change anything, they’d make it illegal,” I want them to google “voter ID laws” and see who’s trying to pass them and what groups are affected.