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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

After every election, we hear people on the losing side obsessively complain about the results.

We get it. Your preferred candidate didn’t win and now you don’t know how you will possibly survive another day.


Well, guess what? As my mother always said to me when I encountered a competitive loss growing up, it is not the end of the world.

That’s right. If you didn’t vote for the winning candidate, you will not die. Life will go on. There will be more elections. There will be more winners. There will be more losers. And, at the end of the day, not everyone is going to get a trophy. That’s life.

But, what really boggles my mind is the fact that so many of you obsessive complainers and vocal activists did not even bother to register to vote, let alone cast a ballot for their preferred candidate.

How can you possibly be so vocal and claim to be worried about the future of our nation under the leadership of our President-Elect if you didn’t even bother to register to vote?

Where were you on November 8th? Where were you during the weeks of early voting in many of your states? Where were you when letters went out reminding you to register to vote or asking if you would like an absentee ballot?

The excuse many of you have provided is, “My vote doesn’t matter.” You are right. Your vote does not matter because you did not bother to use it.

Sure, you have every right to complain about the President-Elect. Our First Amendment allows you to complain 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. But, what good are you really doing?

No matter what your party affiliation, political beliefs or thoughts on any election are, the most important thing you can do in an election cycle is vote and encourage others to do the same.

As an American citizen, you are lucky enough to have a say in who represents our nation. You should be setting the example you want to see others emulate by getting out to vote and letting your voice be heard.

Madison Gesiotto is a conservative writer and commentator who appears on Fox News Channel and CNN. She is currently in the final year of pursuing her J.D. at The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. You can reach her by email at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter: @madisongesiotto.


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