I loathe it when wannabe cynical political commentators say things like “if voting mattered it would be illegal”.
When if you look at history, the opposite is shown to be true time and time and time again. Just focusing on what I know (the U.S.) we have rampant voter suppression against people of color in conservative-run states. We have gerrymandering in just about every state. We have oppressive systems that fought tooth and nail to deny the right to vote to women and to African-Americans. Literally all of this is because voting matters.
You can say the American electoral system is flawed (because it absolutely is) or even broken (sometimes I think it is). You have every right not to vote for any reason you choose. That’s perfectly cool.
But at a bare minimum let your commentary be rooted in reality, and not smug pontifications that fly in the face of history and ignore the fact that voting is a right that oppressors in this country have gone and continue to go out of their way to subvert. The above quote has it backwards. Voting matters, because if they could ban it they absolutely would.
I have a confession to make.
Once at a Panera Bread I ordered a sandwich but didn’t want anything to drink. The guy behind the counter offered me a small cup for water because I guess I looked mildly haggard that day, as I tended to when I was in college. At Panera, all drinks are self serve. Instead of water filled the cup with Dr. Pepper.
Basically I stole 4 .oz of Dr. Pepper.
That’s been haunting me for a while.
why do men’s razors have glow in the dark ball bearings in them now you can shave with a damn set of car keys if you try hard enough but you have these rocket ship razors
caffeine consumption is so omnipresent as the de facto psychoactive stimulant drug among north american adults that people my age routinely understand it as weird that consumption of caffeinated beverages is not part of my daily routine
When I was 11 my teacher asked my class “who here drinks coffee?” (it must have come up in one of the textbooks we were reading). And I was one of three kids in my class who didn’t raise my hand. Then she said, with a strangely serious voice, “you should all be drinking coffee by now,” to which one of the other non-coffee drinkers responded “but I do drink tea every day.”