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    Don't not vote! Plus, GRAND Social No. 217 link party for grandparents

    Don't not vote!

    When I first kicked off my blog in 2009, there were a few topics I told myself I would never write about on Grandma's Briefs. Politics, being so horribly divisive, is one of those things. For that reason, few (if any) readers — or friends or some family, even — know where I stand on political issues, know whom I support in this wacky world of Election 2016.

    Today I'm breaking my rule and writing about politics. I'm not going to tell you where I stand on issues, though, or whom I support. Like I said, politics is so darn divisive.

    What I am going to tell you today is that it saddens me, disheartens me, maddens me at times when I hear and read folks — some who are friends are family, others simply strangers commenting on social media — stating that because they don't like either of the major candidates, they're just not going to vote in this year's election.


    At which I'm compelled to yell state: Don't not vote! We have a right and a responsibility that many in other countries would die for. A right and responsibility that some of our fellow men and women have died for.

    We must vote! We must be an example of civic responsibility to our kids and grandkids... and to our friends and family and strangers who take that responsibility/right/privilege for granted.

    Don't not vote.

    If you can't stomach the idea of voting for Trump or Clinton, there are other choices. Sure, they're not perfect. None of the candidates are perfect. None perfectly align with every issue and character trait for each individual. Research the options then choose who most aligns with you on most of the issues important to you. Or even a few of your most important issues. From any party.

    And there are other parties. Two of them are larger than many folks think. And are growing every day due to the dissatisfaction with the candidates of the two big parties.

    There's the Libertarian party:


    And the Green party:


    And other parties you can Google.

    Do Google. Do research. Do vote.

    Don't not vote!

    GRAND Social No. 217

    Thank you for joining me for another GRAND Social link party for grandparents. You all make the party! I sincerely appreciate you doing so!

    grand social link party

    How it works:

    • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog about grandparenting, just be a grandparent who blogs.
    • Grandparents who do not blog (or want to share something other than their own post) are welcome to add links to other posts grandparent readers may be interested in.
    • To link up a post, copy the direct URL to the specific post — new or old — that you want to share, not the link to the blog or website home page. Then click the blue button below marked "Add your link" and follow the directions.
    • I reserve the right to remove posts I feel are inappropriate. (Which hasn't happened yet, but I feel obligated to note that, just in case.)
    • Those who add links to the GRAND Social link party will be sent a weekly reminder when the party goes live. If you prefer to be removed from that email list, feel free to do so (and you'll still be more than welcome to join the party any time).
    • If adding your own post, including a mention such as This post linked to the GRAND Social to your linked posts is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button anywhere on your page using the following code:
    <a rel="nofollow" href="" target="blank"><img src="" alt="Grandma’" width="125" height="125" /></a>
    • The GRAND Social linky accepts posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
    • If you're not a linker, you have the pleasure of being a reader. Those sharing a link would be honored to have you visit, read and, if so moved, leave a comment even if just "Hey, stopping by from the GRAND Social." Bloggers who link are encouraged to visit and comment on the links of other bloggers, as well.


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    Reader Comments (9)

    Well said! Have a great week and thanks for hosting!

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAll that's Jas

    I have always heard people say that they will not vote because they cannot support either candidate. It makes no sense to me. We are not choosing our favorite pop star or athlete here. Certainly not our favorite personality. We are choosing the direction of our country for the next four years.

    But voting without having an understanding of the candidates and the platform they stand on is even more annoying to me. By all means, do your research all along the line and vote!

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterOlga

    Well said!

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJim

    Also remember that by withholding your vote or voting for a third party candidate who has no chance of winning, you are actually making it easier for one of the two main candidates to win. Do your research and find out which of the two you would actually be helping.

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGranny Nanny

    I agree with Granny Nanny on this. This election is divisive and important--especially since a few Supreme Court judges may be selected during the next presidential administration and the rights of women, who are the majority in our country, may be effected by the same. We have worked hard to have rights in this country and they should remain protected for all our female children and grandchildren in the future. I am definitely going to vote and I know who I'm voting for! Again, there were many who tried to prevent women from getting the vote --suffragettes worked hard and suffered much to get that right for women in 1920. . Please don't let feelings get in the way of that important issue

    Vote. Always.

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

    I am going to vote, whether or not I'm right! I just pray a lot!

    Thanks again for another Grand Social!

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterAnn

    I will be voting in this election, as I have for many years. I strongly feel that it is each of our duties to be aware of what is going on in the world and to learn as much as we can possibly learn about our candidates. One of the things I struggle with are people that support a candidate, but yet they know nothing about that candidate. They have absolutely no idea of the history of that candidate, what the candidate believes in, their vision for America, etc. Listen well and learn, be informed and then vote. Thanks for letting me vent a little Lisa! Oh, and also, thanks for hosting!

    August 1, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

    Great post and I think you were right to blog about politics in this way. VOTE!!! We can't blame anyone for the condition of our country if we don't at least vote. And we owe it to ourselves to be informed. Good post and some good comments, too.

    August 4, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGrandma Kc
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