Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote for a Change Those Who Vote Have More Authority to Critique

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Vote for a Change Those Who Vote Have More Authority to Critique

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick did not vote in the Nov. 8 election. Yes, the player who kneels during the national anthem in the name of justice and change.

Here's why: "Because I was against the system of oppression. I'm not going to show support for that system. And to me, the oppressor isn't going to allow you to vote your way out of your oppression."

That's not exactly helpful. The way to change the system is by voting for candidates who share your values and who will be in the position to change what you want to see changed.

As nationwide protests erupted after the election of Donald Trump, preliminary voter turnout numbers began trickling in, and they showed turnout was down compared with 2008 and 2012. The Nov. 8 election is expected to have the worst turnout - about 55 percent to 57 percent of eligible voters - since 1996. …

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