Democracy means that the will of the people – as reflected in elections – shall be implemented, for better or worse. Only the voting citizens of this country decide what is in their best interests, so it is incumbent upon all of us to realize that, if we sleep on our right to vote, those who do not sleep will prevail. The will of the voting majority – with due modifications to reflect the Electoral College process – will affect everyone, not only those who vote.
And yet, I hear people say “My vote doesn’t count.” Don’t be one of these people in the American presidential election of 2016, or you may end up getting what you don’t want and won’t survive. A failure to vote against a hater makes one complicit in his hatred. A failure to vote against a bigot makes one complicit in his bigotry. A failure to vote against a lunatic with his finger on the button makes one complicit in World War III.