Drop the Books and Vote

For those of you who prefer MTV to MSNBC, you might be surprised to know that a very important Election Day is rapidly approaching. Yes, while you were watching Date My Mom and Jackass, the rest of us have been saturated with political ads and election news on every channel. The political campaigning has been so overwhelming and annoying that I found myself watching Yo Mama just to avoid another commercial with some dude in a suit pushing his children on a swing. I mean, honestly &#039 Yo Mama?!

Unfortunately, this election isn&#039t to choose a new president to take over the White House, (Note: the &#039unfortunately&#039 is my own personal opinion and may not reflect the views of everyone at CO-ED &#039 though it basically does), but it does mean that a new political party, the Democrats, could be taking over both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate.

Right now, the Republicans have control of both the executive branch and the legislative branch (the third branch, class, is the judicial branch, and the Supreme Court is in the Republicans&#039 pocket, too). That gives the party a lock on doing whatever it basically has wanted to do for six years, ever since the Supreme Court crowned King George. And look what his reign has wrought: a ruinous occupation of Iraq; a budget deficit with no end in sight; the salacious scandal involving U.S. Representative Mark Foley&#039s flirtations with congressional pages, a proclivity that Republican House leaders knew about but failed to act on; the administration&#039s blocking of stem cell research and other socially and medically promising initiatives. It seems that no one wants to be anywhere near George Bush.

This is an important election. Many states have contested contests that could be won, for one party or the other, by a strong student turnout: Connecticut, Rhode Island, Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, New Jersey and a few others. For the first time since 1994, Democrats have the chance to take over the Senate and the House of Representatives, which can mean big changes in our policies: the minimum wage could rise; scientists could move forward with stem cell research; aid to us, college students; a withdrawal from Iraq. It could change dramatically. What does that mean for you?

It means you need to get out and vote.
And your excuses won&#039t work on me.

1. &#039I have to study&#039: Ha! You are in college! No one studies. Plus, voting takes only a few minutes. If the line is long, bring your books with you. Not only will you be forced to study without any disruptions, but you will also be doing two good things at once: expanding your brain and contributing your voice to the future of our glorious nation.

2. &#039I don&#039t know anything about the candidates&#039: Do some research. Watch the Daily Show. Turn on the news for 10 minutes and you will see commercials for every candidate. All you have to do is Google them and you will know more about them than you ever thought possible. Just ask voters in Tennessee who now know that one of the candidates allegedly takes money from porn producers. Rar!

3. &#039I&#039m wasted&#039: Dude, it&#039s Tuesday. Put down the $3 margarita and get to an election booth. You really only have to stop drinking for the time it takes to vote &#039 then you can head right back to the bar to pour some for your homies in grand ol&#039 America! How&#039s that for Democracy?!

Seriously, Americans (especially students) take their right to vote for granted. We have the power to choose who runs our country, so get out there and take advantage of that power.

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