I was born in Canada. Although I was born with a birthright to American citizenship, let’s forget that, and focus on the fact that I do indeed reside in Canada and cannot in fact vote in the upcoming American election.
When someone disagrees with me, or wants to one-up me, they sometimes use the following non-argument: “You’re Canadian. Your opinion on American politics is worthless.”
And sometimes: “You can’t vote. Stop talking about and stop caring about this election.”
Let’s start with some numbers. My tweets, my thoughts, ideas, articles, memes, reach thousands of people. Although Twitter can’t tell me how many unique people have the privilege of finding me online, the overall numbers are pretty staggering, given that I haven’t been active and posting on Twitter for a full year yet (I slowly started using my Twitter account in early 2016, and got more serious over the last few months).
I am hit over 1 million impressions this month. This means that in just over a month, my tweets are at the very least scrolled-by over a million times.
UPDATE: Here are the stats leading up to election night!
Although Facebook doesn’t provide you with such analytics, I receive many messages on Facebook every single day, asking me about the election, or about something I have recently posted relating to it.
I can’t take credit for who people vote for, but it would be naive to deny the influence I have had over friends and strangers. I have gotten more people than I can count to be more open about Trump and to be more skeptical of how the media presents him (and how they present everything, but that’s a whole other topic).
And given the percentage of “lurkers,” people who browse online posts but do not reply or make their presence known, being significantly higher than that of people who do engage me, it’s safe to assume that for every person I have opened up to voting for Trump who has told me about it, there are seven, ten or 20 more who didn’t tell me about it.
While I can’t claim to be the sole factor that causes people to change their vote to Trump, I can claim to be a drop in the bucket that causes them to tip this way.
So next time you notice someone talking about a topic from afar, focus on the quality of their ideas, not the location they are transmitting them from. It doesn’t matter that I’m in Canada. It doesn’t matter that I can’t vote.
I have unarguably done MORE than I could have done with a single vote for Donald Trump, by influencing people all over the world.