Sunday, October 3, 2010

November is coming vote or MOVE

I don't mean the title of this post to cause any sense of fear that the cold months of the year are just around the corner. Not my intention at all. But there is a building fervor over the impending election (please vote Tuesday, Nov. 2nd) and what the outcomes of said election might be. Because of my upbringing, and my subsequent awareness of all things political, I am getting a little tense with the thought that many people who share my citizenship will choose not to vote. Oops. I just threw up a little. I know, I wrote, "will choose not to vote."

I've met quite a few people, in a variety of generations, who, for whatever reasons they duly list out, don't vote. They "let it slide" and go with whatever happens. Now, I'll describe why that's simply insane.

I will explain up front that I am a card carrying Democrat. (Okay, no I don't really have a 'card' but I am on the list.) Personally, I wouldn't describe myself as liberal, since I have clear and concise opinions about loads of issues, but as society stands today, those opinions place me in the "Liberal" crowd. I would never knowingly seriously date or marry a Republican, and haven't, though my lovely and caring father-in-law is one. I also, possibly because of my clear and concise opinions, consider myself a Feminist. Whatever that means to you, good.

But I do honor and uphold the value of those with convictions that differ from my own. I mean, if I ruled the world, I'd be pretty bored if everyone agreed with me. (Yawn.) I love a good debate. I love to learn what someone else believes and how they would like things to change to uphold those beliefs. I just really dislike (almost hate) when people don't have an opinion. I mean, pick a team. Make a choice. Have a backbone. No matter how crazy the convictions, HAVE SOME. Change them if and when you feel the need, but get involved in the world outside your front door.

I'm a little amped up right now because I am re-reading Garrison Keillor's book, "Homegrown Democrat." With his graceful text, he sends forth a mighty war cry to rally the forces of democracy (especially those within the Democratic Party) toward a new mission. It was released in 2004, and we can all remember that it was not a positive "election cycle" for a few Democratic candidates on the ballots out there, but loads of people got involved. INVOLVED. And things changed because of it.

I also live in a school district that is dealing with a major budget shortfall in the coming school years, and many of us in Minnesota can also lay claim to that. There doesn't seem to be a better time than right now to become involved in choosing who is going to lead the citizenry and what sort of budget adjustments our already ailing cities and schools will need to make.

So I am writing all this down and sharing it with you to let you know that it is 1) cool 2) sexy 3) powerful 4) important 5) responsible 6) crucial and 7) exciting to vote. But mostly, because you owe it to everyone you share this nation with to take part. I mean, what else does our democracy stand for? Why have so many fought for YOUR right to vote if you don't even care about it?

I mean, what else can you do where you spend a short amount of your time, and zero money to change the course of our community/state/nation's history?

So for all those who say they don't want to vote because they don't know enough about the candidates - go to the League of Women Voters website. It is an impartial information location where you can find out WHERE you will vote, WHO will be on your ballot, and WHAT they are about. Ask questions, get answers, and GO VOTE! If you need a ride to the polls, check around. If you can't find anyone close by, ask me! My minivan has plenty of room.

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