21st Century Viking: Why Bother to Vote?

21st Century Viking: Why Bother to Vote? November 1, 2018

So here is the thing, I hear the people of my generation, the millennials talk to one another about how they shouldn’t even vote because their vote doesn’t count anyways. The electoral college is rigged, and politicians are corrupt and can’t be trusted. Good, that is your opinion and I will respect that opinion that you have. If you voted in the last election you have a right to that opinion.

Public Domain image from Pxhere.

According to this article on POLITICO the US has hit a landmark of having 200 Million Registered voters. So why is this PBS article telling me that only 56% of those voters turned up to vote in 2016? It’s because of Apathy. There is so much apathy today, I notice it in communities. We become desensitized to who we are as people.

My name is Kate, I am an American, I am a Viking, I am the proud leader of a Multi-faith organization, and I vote. This is what I do. I walk to the polls every polling day and attempt to make changes that will protect me, I don’t accept that I will always be a victim and will always have no voice. I am a warrior. Currently this is my biggest battle. If I have a friend that can’t make it to the polls I drive them there. I help my community and I fight for it. I make it stronger day after day. I lose battle after battle, but until I am dead and gone I will never stop fighting.

The chips are always stacked against you, why bother fighting and struggling? It’s not worth the time and effort if you just lose battle after battle. I’m here to tell you when it comes to saving the community you love, whether it’s your pagan friends, your LGBTQ+ friends, your friends that are different sexes, races, religions, ages, or ability levels, your friends that suffer from pre-existing conditions, or even your friends that are just like you. You must look at them, you can’t just look at yourself when you go to cast your vote.

Your vote could change their life, it can change the lives of the next generation, your kids, your grandkids, your neighbor, or your friend. The worse thing is your apathy does that as well. Not going out and educating yourself and fighting like a warrior should affects the whole community as well. By not learning what the issues are, by not voicing your opinion, by not even trying to fight in the losing battle you are making it that much easier for the complacency to take over. For those of us that do fight like warriors and activists to lose our voices.

Eventually, those of us that fight will be silenced by your apathy, by your unwillingness to fight with us because 44% of 200 Million,is 88 Million people that can shift a tide and change a voice. If you don’t take back your country, who will?

Be a Viking, Be a Warrior, Fight Your Battle, and in Tyr’s Name Go VOTE!

About Kate Andary
Kate Andary is a Viking, the crazy Viking of your wildest nightmares. She lives everyday as if she were entitled to no more and then she is thankful to her Gods, her ancestors, and her tribe for every day that she lives past that. She aspires to be the person that her tribe wants her to be. Kate has been practicing solo forms of eclectic witchcraft and occultism for over twenty years when she first became fascinated with book "Teen Witch" by Silver RavenWolf. After that she read every book in the new age section at her local bookstore including authors like Buckland, Paxton, Cunningham, Kaldara, Culuhain, Mankey, Bellenger, and Vernor. She took classes on Religion and Philosophy in college as her electives and studied human anatomy and physiology along with organic chemistry and biology. About 5 years ago she finally settled on forging her own path with the Norse Gods, and three years ago she started to claim the word Viking as her own because she didn't fit in with the current religions out there for those following the Northern Path. Her first book, "Energy Work for Everyone" is available via Amazon and several other booksellers. You can read more about the author here.
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