I completely agree with this article: Dreaming forward
Failing to vote means you are failing to be free. If you have the right and the freedom to vote, and you don’t, how can you then say you are oppressed? We have laws and regulations, Constitutional Amendments and proclamations that declare you are free, and that give you the freedom and the right to not only vote, but to defend your right to vote and to take to court anyone who infringes upon that right. We have abolished poll taxes and literacy tests and hiding the polling places and a slew of other obstacles just so you can vote as easily as possible – and you still don’t vote? All that work to bring you into the fold of America, to share with you the freedom and the responsibility of being American – rights and freedoms your ancestors said you wanted, rights and freedoms your ancestors fought and died to procure for you – and you don’t vote?
Don’t tell me you are oppressed when you do nothing to free yourself from that oppression.
Read the whole thing, there’s much more. An eloquent plea for Americans to finally BE Americans instead of spoiled brats.