Casting my vote.

Come next year,
I’m gonna vote.
I’m not gonna vote because I’m down with all that “Yes We Can”
I’m not gonna vote because I think Obama’s the man,
or that I believe in what he could come up with for a new 4 year plan.
I’m not gonna vote because of that.
I’m not gonna vote because I’m a patriot,
or because I love America until the day I die,
because I don’t.
Now don’t get it twisted,
I don’t want any Marines to have me blacklisted,
because it seems that wen people say they don’t love America
the meaning gets shape shifted.
so let me explain.
Trust that this is not rehearsed,
I’m an American second,
but I’m Shaquille Stewart first.
I’m not gonna vote because I think it’s the right thing to do,
or because I want to keep someone in office,
or because I’m looking for an immediate change.
Obama, Clinton, or Huckabee
no matter what, my shoe size is the same.
I’m not saying nothing will change,
but when these fools go on campaign,
I’m gonna vote for my right to talk shit
I’m gonna vote for my right to complain.
See, I’m not an Obama groupie.
I’m not an Obama hater.
To me a President is a President,
-which is why we never elected Nader.
You can do all the good you want in America,
you can make good decisions,
you can have all the people love you,
shit, you can have a halo sitting on your head above you
but our country is a big fat popularity contest
a whole nation suffering from a self destructing superiority complex.
A rat race for the cool kids
just to see who’s coolest.
I won’t play into that game.
I hate to say that I’m gonna vote just so I can complain,
but then I wouldn’t have to complain,
because I put my voice on the line.
I put my John Hancock on this candidate’s grand design,
and I won’t complain that I picked my president,
because that president is mine.
I’m not a naysayer.
I’m not prancing around with a picket sign
saying the end is near,
nor am I going on Pennsylvania Avenue standing on a soapbox
saying the Government is evil.
I’m just saying that
we, the people
decide if Obama gets a sequel.
Or if we elect someone who’s a jackass or something equal.
It’s like this,
I’m not gonna vote because I’m down to dick ride.
I’m not gonna vote because our skin tones coincide,
I’m gonna vote because when the fact that I didn’t vote and the country is fucked up, collide,
I can’t complain.
I’ve noticed that ever since the election,
people thought nothing would ever be the same,
that two weeks after the inauguration we would somehow go through a change.
And you quit your job because the president is black, and now you need someone to blame.
It doesn’t work like that.
I don’t want to make this a piece about Obama,
because that’s not the way I planned it
But how you could hate on a regime when in that time we caught Osama
I just don’t understand it.
Again, I’m not this huge Obama advocate,
believe me,
because I’m not.
But fuck yeah I’m gonna stand up and give my props
because my friends in New York can fall in love and tie the knot.
Now I’ve never voted before,
so to be honest, I don’t know who I’m voting for.
But I do know I’m gonna vote.
Not because of this “Vote or Die” bullshit some idiot spoke.
But because when these fools go on campaign
and I’m in that booth looking at the names
I’m not gonna vote just so I can complain
I’m gonna vote because one day I want my kids to live in an America that’s changed.
I don’t wanna base my future on this rat race.
I don’t wanna base my future on this superiority complex of a popularity contest.
I don’t wanna base my future off of the lesser of two evils.
I don’t wanna base my future on brown skin or something equal.
And maybe Obama doesn’t deserve a sequel,
maybe I am on a soapbox
but I think that the future should be based upon the people.

Casting my vote.

Shaquille Stewart

Montgomery Village, United States

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I’m going to rock the vote all by myself next year baby. I used to not give a fuck, but now, I kinda do.

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