So, one of the things that I learned in my conservative-teacher-taught government class is that, when you vote, when you cast that ballot, you are not only potentially putting a person in power, but you are giving your consent for them to do everything they said they would.
Think about that for a moment.
You, in putting a check on a piece of paper (or an electric voting machine), are giving someone power; you are saying that person represents you.
No matter what you and that person may disagree on, you have said that what they stand for is the same thing as what you stand for.
If, at any point, that representative begins to not be representative of you or your values, it is your right, it is your duty, to stand up and speak out against it, if not for your sense of responsibility, for the others that are being affected.
The people who that person you helped elect is going against, those that you consider family, friends, coworkers, etc., they’re all waiting to see what you’re going to do now. Are you going to stand by and allow them to be hurt and affected? Or are you going to stand up and fight, not only for them, but for everyone that’s been affected?
By staying silent, you are, by merit of inaction, giving your continued consent, no matter how much you may disagree with that person after the fact.
In doing so, you are, in effect, allowing the continued compromises; worse, you’re saying you agree.
If you vote, for anyone, and you are unwilling to face the consequences of that vote, the people who your vote has affected in a negative way, you. should. not. vote.
A vote is not an opinion. A vote is an action.
An opinion is something that does not negatively affect anyone in a substantial way.
An opinion is what kind of food you like, or what you thought of that TV show last night.
An action is something that does something to the world that may or may not affect other people.
An action is putting an effort to do something.
A vote is not an opinion; it is an action.
If you are unwilling to deal with the consequences of your actions, you shouldn’t be doing it, especially if it will affect other people.