Do you vote?
Do you vote in your local, state and national elections? If you said “yes” then what comes next is going to be a sigh of relief (and a whole lot of encouragement).
If you said “no”, then you’re going to get a little ticked off by what I’ve got in store.
Naysayers are rarely a benefit in politics. It’s always doom and gloom to them (and it’s always going to get worse). There’s no hope to them. “We’re all gonna die” as they say.
This is especially true in voting.
The naysayers are everywhere and they come in all different shapes and sizes.
You’ve got the Romantics
If you’re a “Romantic” you subscribe to the “new world” kind of thinking. Voting is an inferior system by which to enact political change, and the less people who vote the better. Voting reinforces the “state’s power” they say.
Romantics tend to believe in fantasy systems such as anarchy or Communism. Both systems require the current power structure to collapse. Voting props the current system up. The Romantic can’t have that. So they fight against it.
But what Romantics don’t realize is that their dream system is just that… a dream.
I’m not going to go into the specifics, but it’s safe to say that both dreams aren’t feasible.
You’ve got the Haters
Unlike Romantics, who base their dislike in fantasies, Haters take a pessimistic approach to their anti-voting stance.
In their mind, voting is pointless. Not only does your vote “not count,” but it’s so small that it won’t affect the outcome.
Their hate also goes out to those who actively vote and take pride in it. Such pride disgusts them, it fuels their hate of the “system.”
Haters are nothing more than whining little children who see themselves as victims in a system. They’re also incredibly depressing. Don’t expect them to be encouraging.
You’ve got the Losers
Out of all three naysayers, the Loser is the worst. Voting is only worth it when they get what they want. If the decision is easy (say, between George Washington and Hitler) then they’ll happily vote. If the decision isn’t easy (say, between Obama and Hillary Clinton) they copout claiming it’s a choice between the lesser of two evils.
The Loser hates making tough decisions. They want it black and white, but fail to understand that voting is rarely that.
They give up when it’s not going their way, and make up self-righteous reasons as to why they gave up. The words “conscience,” “lesser,” “evils,” and “can’t” are regularly apart of their vocabulary.
Most importantly, the Loser is a coward. If the battle is difficult, then the Loser is at home with earplugs and their favorite pick-me-up book, trying to forget it all.
How Do These Naysayers Tear You Down?
The Romantic, Hater and Loser aren’t encouraging folks. Why would they be? Voting to them is like swimming upstream. It’s impossible, so it’s not worth it (and it deserves to be ridiculed).
But what you need to know is that their arguments are easy to discover and counter.
Once you know them, you can fight them.
Here are the main arguments you’ll run into when talking to a naysayer.
Your Vote Doesn’t Matter:
Description: You’ve got to face the fact that your vote is a grain of sand on the beaches of Praia do Cassino, Brazil (That’s the longest beach in the world). It’s a drop in the ocean. It’s just dust in the wind. Your opinion is so minuscule that it’s irrelevant in the grand scheme of things.
The Flaw: Those votes are not robots, each one is an individual person. It takes the individual to make the majority. Without your vote (and others like you) you wouldn’t be in the majority. Saying your vote doesn’t matter is like saying the individual in a community doesn’t matter. It’s nonsense. It diminishes the value (and power) of your vote, your opinion.
How to Beat it: Haters love this argument. Not only does it demoralize you, but you start to question yourself. Stop it! Don’t listen to these cynics. They’re not worth it.
It’s a Lesser of Two Evils:
Description: The Loser and Romantic use this tactic to describe the situation where you have two candidates who are practically the same. It’s Obama vs. Hitler. It’s Bill Clinton vs. Chris Christie. Or it’s Obama vs. Romney like it was in the 2012 election.
Flaw: Though this phrase is routinely used there’s very little logical thinking that goes on after it. The Loser will use this phrase as a copout. The Romantic and Hater use it for self-righteous reasons. “Look at me! I’m not voting for these candidates because they’re evil, aren’t I morally superior?” (As if they know what evil looks like).
How to Beat it: When you hear this “argument” challenge the person to evaluate each candidate closely. Which candidate would be the best to vote for? Use the phrase “which one will take us there faster?” as an alternative to the “lesser of two evils” phrase. Not only is it more accurate, but it doesn’t involve the copout that’s inherent in the “lesser of two evils” argument.
Don’t let them dodge making a decision between the candidates. The “lesser of two evils” is not an end all argument… it’s the coward’s way out of making the tough decisions.
You’ll Never Change the System:
Description: This is the Hater’s way of nullifying your power. Your one vote isn’t enough to change anything. It’s hopeless. You might as well give up… blah, blah, blah. It’s the glass is half full outlook on life.
Flaw: Voting has “changed the system” more times than you can remember. In fact, it’s how your lovely country got messed up in the first place. Voting has the ability to massively transform the political landscape (remember that whole “Hope and Change” thing?)
How to Beat it: There’s two ways to do beat this kind of talk down (to the ground!). Ignore, or call them out.
Walking away when a Hater says this is usually the best practice, but in some situations it might help if you called them out for what they really are…. A pessimistic whiner. Say it nicer than that, but don’t sugar coat it.
Sometimes, people like that are just moping in their own despair. They need a wakeup call (and some encouragement).
The Conscience (or Moral) Vote:
Description: this is one of the Loser’s favorite excuses. They refuse to vote because one or both candidates support something that goes against their standards of morality. The best example of this is in the 2012 election. Many Republicans didn’t vote for Romney because of his Mormonism. It was either Obama or Romney, and instead of deciding, they took the self-righteous path.
Flaw: This excuse is rarely needed or justified. He’s a Mormon? Big deal. Mormons pose no threat to your Freedom. The only time this type of “excuse” should be used is when one of the candidates is a baby killing gas chamber loving psycho.
How to Beat it: Question, question, question! If your friend brings this up question their reasoning. Why can’t you vote for this candidate? Is your reason really that justifiable? And is it worth throwing your vote away for your conscience?
I don’t like Either one of the Candidates:
Description: The timeless, never-gets-old excuse for pretty much everything. To the Loser, neither candidate fits their prescribed boxes of the “perfect political nominee” so they don’t vote.
Flaw: The perfect candidate doesn’t exist. You’ll always find something about him or her that you disagree with. Saying you “don’t like” him or her is downright childish.
How to Beat it: Ask your friend what part of the candidate(s) they don’t like. Analyze their answer. Is it important? Is it a legitimate problem or danger? If it isn’t, let them know. You could also compare the similarities your candidate has with your friend.
I don’t Have Time to Vote:
Description: This is a common scheme of the Loser to get out of his or her duty to vote. There’s too many things going on in their day to make a trip to the voting booths.
Flaw: You always have time. You can always make time. You control how busy you are. If you really wanted to vote, you’d make the time to. Saying you don’t “have time” means that you don’t care enough to vote. Time has nothing to do with it.
How to Beat it: Offer to drive them there yourself. Offer to complete whatever task is making them busy. If they continue to give you excuses, it’s time to call them out on it.
Conclusion: Don’t Let Naysayers Get to You
Whenever a naysayer comes to you spouting one of six myths you need to be ready. Don’t let them get to you, because that’s where their power comes from.
Every newly converted naysayer is an ego boost to them. Every demoralized voter is a confidence builder for them.
Don’t give them that benefit.
Call Them Out
Like I said before, naysayers thrive on the demoralized voter. But guess what? They hate it when you call them out on their pessimism.
Have you seen that guy that acts like a jerk whenever possible? He thinks he’s so cool, so powerful. But once someone (that’d be you) confronts his behavior, he turns into a cowering little boy.
Confronting the naysayer squashes their confidence. Someone’s calling them out for the first time. They can’t handle it.
More Power to You!
Use these tactics, tips, and tricks to grab back the power you rightfully deserve as a voter. The diligent voter is one of the most important aspects of a Republic. Without you, the whole system falls into decay.
So look out for the Romantic, Hater and Loser, and their twisted jibes. Confront them, pounce on their excuses, and push them aside.
In your quest to restore this great nation, naysayers are just a pothole on the road to victory. Don’t stop, just keep driving…. Just keep driving, just keep driving.