Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Vote! Vote! Vote!

Today, June 3rd 2008, is Election Day. The polls are open from 7:00am ' til 8:00pm. Your polling place will be indicated on your voter information packet that you got in the mail.

I can understand the futility that some people feel with voting. The feeling that it really doesn't make any difference how you vote, or who you vote for, nothing seems to change anyway. We are a nation of sheep, and we will just go along with the program, while "our" politicians continue to pass endless laws that we don't agree with, or can't abide by. We feel that our government might be a little corrupted by big money and big business, so why vote?

We feel that the system is really not working, and it is run by bigger interests than we can control. We really don’t like the way the Electoral College works, nobody really understands why we have Super-Delegates. The system is so complicated that the average person really can’t understand it. So why vote?

We pass taxes to fund things that we believe in and the politicians take then away from what we passed them for and use them for something else, So why vote?

When we vote, we are competing with people in the voting booth who are voting for who, or what, someone that sounded like they knew what they were talking about on television said we should. So why vote?

We don’t have time, or the enthusiasm, to dig through all of the voter information that they send us, and we really don’t understand all of the issues. So why vote?

So why vote? For all of the reasons above. We don’t need to understand ALL of the issue to be a qualified voter. Even if there is only one issue that you understand. Go vote! Even if there is only one candidate that speaks to the issues that you believe in. Go vote! Don’t give up your right to be governed by YOUR VOTE.

If you feel that you are knowledgeable on an issue, vote your feelings. If you aren’t knowledgeable on an issue please DON’T vote on that issue. Skip right by it, don’t vote the wrong, or ill informed way.

I could go on endlessly about why it is important for all Americans to be come involved in their political system. But at some point most of you would lose interest.

So just go vote! You will feel good about yourself. We can get into details later!!!


Kym said...

Thanks for the reminder, Ernie. I'll be there later today.

Ernie Branscomb said...

Today is the day that we all vote.

Before we know the outcome of the election, I think that it is a time for me to make a statement to my friends and neighbors.

I have tried to maintain a personal sense of fairness and to treat people that I disagreed with as I would wish to be treated if I were in their position. If I haven’t maintained that fairness I want to apologize right now, before we know who the winners and the losers are. It seems to me that my offer of an olive branch to the people that I’ve disagreed with will be much more sincere if it is offered now, rather than after all the votes are counted.

If the campaigns continue, I hope that we will continue to campaign fairly, and all end-up being friends in the end. We stand a better chance of getting the things that we want out of the political process if we remain friends and work together. No matter who wins.

I pledge that it will work with whoever becomes our supervisor, because if is a fair and honest election it will be the will of the people.


Ernie Branscomb said...

Number of Precincts 27
Precincts Reporting 27 100.0 %
Total Votes 6629


CLIF CLENDENEN 2417 36.46%
ROGER RODONI 2433 36.70%
Write-in Votes 6 0.09%