I gave blood today. The Red Cross handed me a sticker when I left that says, “I Gave Blood Today.”
I dropped the sticker in the trash before I was out of the room. Still, it was better than those “I Voted” stickers you get at the polls.
Giving blood might be a life-saver. For me.
I gave blood in hopes of improving my health, therefore my life. (If the blood saves someone else’s life, it’s a bonus although I should be able to designate which people get my blood based on religion and/or citizenship and/or job status.)
I’m a man. Men do not menstruate and I’m one of millions of men today who don’t work in a field that bloodies up my body on a regular basis. That’s why iron builds up inside many modern men who don’t give blood once in a while. So I give blood. I’m surprised men aren’t told about this more. The FDA is too busy trying to profit from pills that help reduce iron abundances in men I suppose.
The Red Cross makes a fortune on donor blood. They don’t like that known, but it’s fine with me if they do. It enables me to find a free location who will take some of my blood on a regular basis, controlling my male-based iron levels. (At the least, less iron should get me through TSA metal detectors faster, right?)
If You Wear “I Voted Today” Stickers – Close Your Pie Hole
My giving blood trumps you voting. It trumps every time you’ve ever voted in your life.
When you vote, you virtually always pick one of the choices the government gives you. It’s rare that I vote for one of the choices the government gives me; I typically write a name in because I don’t want to waste my vote.
Why do people wear those “I Voted Today” stickers after they vote for one of the candidates the government offered them? Also, why does the government think they have the right to spend taxpayer money printing and then giving away those idiot stickers?
Listen, you voted. You got in your Audi, turned on the air, drove to the polling place listening to your favorite radio station, walked 7 feet to the door, probably didn’t have to show any ID, and you made a decision: Government Choice #1 or Government Choice #2.
So what? Your sticker is condescending and smug and snarky. (It’s fine to be condescending and smug and snarky if you have cause to be.) (Voting doesn’t do it.) Historically, people have died trying to cast a vote, have traveled by foot and on horseback across mountains to make a change in an oppressive regime. You drove an Audi to your local government school.
And the chances are great that the vote you cast was for a wicked man. Or worse, for a wicked woman.
You won’t see me wearing an “I Voted Today” sticker. But I won’t wear an “I Gave Blood” sticker either. Even though giving blood benefits us far more than voting.