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.