“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today I fired another shot in the culture war. I cast my ballot for the Hugos. It is a small thing, a single bullet in a single battle in a far flung corner of the fight, but it is from the collective effect of many small things that great things arise.
My ballot in last year’s fight helped to drive the forces of the Narrative to burn the Hugo Awards to the ground, and thus helped cause much consternation among the forces of the Narrative Almighty.
Even as I celebrated the victory in that skirmish, deep down I felt shame. To my everlasting regret, my ballot in last year’s fight deviated in a few small ways from that ordained by the Supreme Dark Lord. The failure of the forces of truth and light to rout the enemy and drive them from the field of battle rests on my shoulders. This year, I will not make the same mistake. My ballot perfectly reflects the will of the Supreme Dark Lord, in whose image I am but a pale reflection. Together with the massed volley of the ballots cast by the brave men at my shoulders, I shall fear no defeat in the battle of Mid-America Con II.
To steel my resolve, and remind myself of the importance of a well regulated ballot, each morning I repeat the Sad Puppy’s Voting Creed:
- My ballot is my best friend. It is my life. I have mastered it as I mastered my life.
- Without me, my ballot is useless. Without my ballot, I am useless. I must cast my ballot true. I must vote straighter than my enemy who is trying to kill me. I must vote against him before he shoots me. I will…
- My ballot and I know that what counts in war is not the votes we cast, the noise of our effect, nor the tears we create. We know that it is the result that counts. We will vote…
- My ballot is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its order, its check boxes, and its electrons. I will keep my ballot clean and accurate, even as I am clean and accurate. We will become part of each other. We will…
- Before the Supreme Dark Lord, I swear this creed. My ballot and I are the defenders of my country. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life.
- So be it, until victory is America’s and there is no enemy, but peace!