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30th December 2009

Non-voters along for a rudderless ride

posted in Local Politics, National issues, State Concerns |

Imagine you and your loved ones in the back seat of a car with no say in the speed or direction the driver takes. Would you really allow that to happen? Yet, every election it seems voter turnout hovers at 25% or worse. That’s a lot of people going along for the ride. I had an argument with a beloved family member on Christmas day, who told me not to judge her because she didn’t choose to vote, didn’t bother to register, and didn’t pay attention to “politicians who say whatever it takes to get elected.” Excuse me, but I will judge you—as stupid and lazy—not to participate in what is our responsibility and privilege as American citizens: That is, the opportunity to decide our leadership. I know we’re all busy, many politicians have become entertaining spin-doctors who feed the electorate what they think we want to hear, and often it feels like any election is deciding the lesser of evils as opposed to choosing truly talented and inspiring leadership. That’s no excuse. We owe it to ourselves, our ancestors, and especially our children to pay attention, so that we go to the polls as informed voters. Mind you, those last two are important: informed voters. It makes no sense to check boxes without knowing who and what you are supporting. And if you are truly disappointed by the quality of candidates, pull papers and run yourself, or encourage and support someone else running. The last thing you are allowed to do is check out of the system. With more folks willing to give up their say in the direction we’re all going, the likelihood of a driver who only listens to special interests or extremists increases exponentially. And if you think our elected leaders don’t impact you personally, add delusional to my earlier judgment.

Check out LiL or Dick Howe’s blog for information about registering by 8 p.m. tonight to vote in the special senatorial election on Jan. 19.

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  1. 1 On December 30th, 2009, C R Krieger said:

    Ouch!  That hurt.  To be passed over as a blogger is the worst fate of all. :-)

  2. 2 On January 1st, 2010, Jackie said:

    My apologies. Cliff was the first to post about the last chance to register and I should have linked to him at his blog: http://right-side-of-lowell.blogspot.com/. Sorry for that.

  3. 3 On January 1st, 2010, C R Krieger said:

    A tincture of recognition is the perfect medicine for a blogger.  Jackie was up late or up early providing it.

    I was at the same party and heard her “Lucille Ball” story first hand.  All’s well that ends well.

    Thanks and Happy New Year.

    Regards  —  Cliff

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