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A few years ago, my dad and I went to one of those boxing matches they hold at the community center. The place was pretty excited to see a young boxer from Victoria make his professional debut. After one of the matches was over, my dad excused himself to go get us a couple of beers. During that time, the next match was announced. The place went wild as the boxer from Victoria made his way to the ring. The bell was rung, and before I knew it… The Victorian was on the floor, knocked out. Felt like it had been less than a minute. The crowd was astonished, the bell rung, and my dad came back from the concession stand. “What happened?” Asking around the place, many of the crowd admitted they knew nothing of the local boxer, but heard he was from our hometown.

Humans are weird. We all feel like we need to belong to something. That is why school spirit is hammered into kids at a young age, why you still have feelings for your alma mater, and why we have such hometown pride.

I’m not criticizing that. I encourage people to be proud of where they come from, I think we should be proud of the best state in the Country. Let’s face it, Mexican food doesn’t taste quite as good anywhere else, and I have had traveling musicians from all over the Country say they love the hospitality here.

But I do think we put our support blindly behind people just because they are from here. I say that because a topic came up among some coworkers about how much they dislike the president, but they voted for him because he was from Texas. I do a lot of things, but I would never blindly throw away a vote like that. I mean, we are voting to put someone in power to be one of the most influential people on the planet. Wouldn’t we take time to look at the issues? Apparently not.

I don’t care who you voted for. As a matter of fact, I’m not even telling you who I voted for. I’m just trying to make a point. The point is, if you voted for someone just because they came from the same state as you and nothing else, you threw a vote away. The right to vote is something many people wish they had.

Just something to think about the next time you’re at the polls… or the boxing ring.