Election Day Inspiration

Essential reading for super (duper) Tuesday

election day!

They say that those who don’t learn from history are destined to repeat it. To that end, we’ve resurrected our favorite pro-voting story from back in 2004. Don’t say we didn’t charm you.

Originally published on 8/31/04

American Beauty

If you’ve never voted, you’re missing out on one of life’s great pleasures.

No, not the satisfaction of performing your civic duty. Or the sense of solidarity with your fellow voters. Or the continuity with our nation’s roots in freedom, democracy, and self-determination.

We’re talking about the smug feeling of self-congratulatory superiority you get from wearing that little “I voted” sticker on your lapel all day.

Hey, Mr. Goateed Coffeehouse Loiterer: I voted. You know it, Mr. Angry Supervisor at Work: I voted. Read ’em and weep, Ms. Waitress Taking My Lunch Order: I voted. Say it, don’t spray it, Mr. Toll Booth Guy: I voted.

Yeah, check me out, honey: I voted.

Because if you don’t, you can’t lord it over people.

And that’s just plain un-American.

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