Just about everyone’s natural instinct (including those of us who are “in the game”) is to be sick and tired of what comes just before almost every election. But today, on primary election day, we should put aside these frustrations, recognize how fortunate we are and vote –if you’re affiliated with a major party.
For those who would rather complain than vote, let’s consider this: more than 400,000 American troops died in World War II; more than 625,000 in the American Civil War; a little more recently, 60,000 in Vietnam; fast forward to the thousands who have died in the war on terror (official estimate—6,000 plus). All of these and the casualties of all the other wars are amazing heroes who died for our freedom and with it, the right to participate in our Democracy. Please people, at least honor them by voting,
The Shad is tired of the campaign ads and phone calls, too (I love the polls). But in the last Iraqi election under Saddam Hussein, the apparently very popular Saddam got 100% of the vote! How about that! Do you know how many negatives ads the Iraqi people were subjected to? None. How many campaign phone calls? None. Please, people—vote.
One more note. If you are an independent, you are not guilty of not participating in the process (and the state secretary of state has no business cajoling people to affiliate—it’s not part of her job. But that’s an entirely different blog entry). You can participate in November.
Good luck to all the candidates who have worked hard for a chance at public service.