Hi friends! Gee, I’m so sad the election is over – I’m really going to miss my Facebook news feed spewing out all sorts of insults and tirades. Left, right, up, down – I don’t care who you are, political rants don’t look good on anyone.
But I’m not here to talk about politics, because we all know we’ve heard enough of that the past few weeks. What I am here to talk about is the importance of voting now that the election is over. What!? you say. Voting is over, dumbass! Maybe in the booths, my friends. But every day we make choices, and in those choices, we vote.
Submitting a ballot and updating our Facebook status does not get us off the hook for the next four years. Conscious or not, we vote every day, sometimes multiple times, and we should pay attention to what exactly we are supporting. You may think, of course I am not supporting something I don’t believe in! But if you are giving your money – even if only .50 cents – you are supporting the person or company who counts that money. This can be a very good thing or a very bad thing.
We can say what we want, we can petition and protest until we lose our voices. We can write letters. We may or may not be heard. But one thing is for sure: when you stop spending money with companies, they notice. If we want to follow our beliefs, we can’t be passive anymore at the grocery store, the mall, or the big box marts. Some of us are avid label-readers and try to make conscious choices. But some of us put the blinders on and run on auto-pilot. Most of us are guilty of the latter at some point, because we are in a time crunch, we want to choose the less-expensive option, or we simply just do it out of habit. But we should recognize – and exercise – these opportunities and our freedom to vote each day.
If you are concerned with animal welfare, or our right to know what’s in our food, don’t buy Chick-fil-A for your kids every week. If you support gay marriage, well…don’t buy Chick-fil-A for your kids every week. You get the idea.
The best part about this kind of voting is that you don’t have to register ahead of time. You don’t have to wait in a long line. You don’t have to be in the state where you registered. You simply just think about what you are about to purchase, before you commit to purchasing. Take that half of a second to consider your options. Read labels. And then? Vote with your dollar.
Regardless of what political party or candidate you believe in (if either,) you surely have one topic or issue you feel strongly about. One of the subjects that I am very interested in is food. Where our food comes from, how it is grown, and most of all, what’s in it. I also feel it is very important to support local farms. This was one of my main reasons for joining a farm share this year, or CSA. It may seem like it is too expensive to eat healthy – but it doesn’t have to be this way. There are plenty of healthy options available that won’t break your bank. I think it is important to eat healthier, even if it does cost a bit more. When it comes to the food we eat I always consider the fact that one way or another, we do pay for what we put into our bodies. It’s just a matter of how. And I want to see more of these healthy options in the future, so I vote with my dollar.
So tell me: what topic do you feel strongly about? How do you vote with your dollar? Drop a comment and let us know.