The beauty of buying a ticket for a raffle or lottery isn't the expectation of winning, it's the momentary opportunity to imagine winning. If you don't hold a ticket, you stand no chance to win. That's a fact. The odds of winning may be astronomical when you buy a ticket but without a ticket you can't enjoy wondering if you might win.
The same stands true for our elections and voting. Whether you admire our civic leaders or hold them in contempt, they are the people who got elected when we had the chance to vote. If you want to hope for a better future, start the process by getting into a booth and exercising your constitutional right to vote.
It's never been more convenient - you can vote by mail (not today) or at your local polling place. Bring your kids and get your "I Voted" sticker. Don't forget to thank the volunteers at your polling place. Go vote!