If you have the time to go out to a club on a weekend, you have the time to vote.
If you have the time to parse the intricacies of your NFL fantasy football league, you have the time to vote.
If you have the time to drink a freshly poured craft beer, you have the time to vote.
If you have the time to play six hours of games on your Xbox One, you have the time to vote AND volunteer.
Voting is both a right and a privilege.
It is a right because those who came before you fought and died to continually expand the franchise. African Americans in the South couldn’t vote before 1964. Women couldn’t vote before 1920. Universal suffrage was gained by long, incremental struggle. It was not handed on a silver platter, fully formed out of the Founders’ heads like Athena from Zeus.
Voting is a privilege because it is a privilege to be a citizen of the world’s last remaining superpower. It is a privilege because as a mere citizen you have the power to decide your fate. If you eschew voting, to paraphrase Plato, you hand that power over to your inferiors, or at the very least to people who don’t see the world in the same way you do.