Yesterday, the country picked our leaders on the city level, the district level, the state level and the National level. Our voices were heard in each in every topic. If your candidate or issue or amendment passed, there are smiles on your face. If the person you voted for lost, you know it was a hard fought battle and the best person or what was best for your state or city won out in the end. Last night after the country decided the president for the next four years, Facebook and Twitter exploded with comments of jubilation and sorrow.  I read “Four More Years” I left out all the smiley faces. “If you voted for Obama, You will rot in Hell.” One thing that was very certain in this election is that everyone was passionate about their candidate. However, There was one status that made me cringe in all of this last night. It wasn’t one I expected to see when I logged into the social networking giant know as Facebook. The status was and I am going to paraphrase this.

“I didn’t vote cause I know both candidates would ruin this country.”

If you do not vote, you do not have the right to complain about the way our nation is going. 

I was seeing posts like this all night from many different people. “Both men are evil.” “Why would I vote for a liar?” Statuses like this flooded my news feed all night last night in between all the happiness and sadness. It really makes me sad to see people complain about something they didn’t even make their voice be heard.  When we turn 18, whether we are white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Straight, Gay, fat, skinny, man or woman, we get the right to vote in an election that will affect our lives. I was brought up around a lot of people who loved history of this country and voting was not just a right it was a privilege. One of the first things I did when I turned 18 was registered to vote and I was so proud to cast my first ballot.

It doesn’t matter who you voted for, it’s about if you voted or not. So now I turn to you the reader. Freedom of Speech is one of the great things about the nation that we live in. If you didn’t vote do you have a right to complain about how our nation, states, and cities are being run? Comment and let us know what you think.