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Get off your *** and vote

Tomorrow is the day.

Tomorrow is the final day for cards and letters in the mail telling us what a fool the other candidate is in their race. Tomorrow is the last day we will hear negative ads on the radio and TV.

Tomorrow is the day we vote.

Finally, I will get in the voting booth, hold my nose, and vote for the gubernatorial candidate who makes me wince less. Tomorrow, I tell a man who claims to run a small business what I think of him with my vote.

Picture by kenn kiser

Picture by kenn kiser

And I hope that you do,too.

While I want you to vote for my candidate, I understand if you have to hold your nose to do so as well.

Most importantly, I want people to vote. Too many people have sacrificed their life, their health, their freedom so that anyone besides a white male could have the right to vote. But when we sit on the couch and ignore what is supposed to happen, we are spitting in the face of every soldier and activist who put their lives on the line so we could vote.

I have had it said to me that only those who actually fight in wars should be the one who vote because they did the hardest thing of all. I wonder if that same person would say that to the teacher, the public safety worker, the public health workers who all had some part of their family’s life. They fight other battles as do our clergy and social service workers.

Quite frankly, when you start saying some people have the right to vote more than others, you forget what the American dream is about. The American dream is about freedom, of knowing that you can speak your opinion – no matter how wrong – and you do not have to worry about being dragged from your home in the middle of the night. If you work hard, you can acheive the American dream of prosperity.

Voting-boothBut there is one thing you have to do. Get up off the couch, away from the boob tube, walk out of your house and head over to your polling place. Once it is your turn, you go into the booth and vote. People aren’t going to throw acid on you for doing so. In America, we do not have to face the possibility of suicide bombers preventing the process. Gunfire should not be an issue. We go in and vote.

So let’s do it. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Are you ready?


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Now that the Fourth of July is over and flags have been put away and all of the firecrackers have been set off, it is time to do the work  of a real American.

Get registered to vote!!!!

We partied and listened endlessly to that song by Lee Greenwood. People blew off firecrackers for a week. Oh, it was a good time. But, in my opinion, if you are really a proud American you will get into the voting booth this November.

Oh, I hear the roar of the excuses not to vote.

  • “All them politicians are crooks.”
  • “All of them are the same, none vote for me.”
  • “If I register to vote, they will call me for jury duty.”

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Forget those flimsy excuses because they are worth squat. Instead, look into the eyes of a soldier and say you don’t vote. Especially those men and women who went to Iraq and Afghanistan to “protect our freedoms.” By not voting, you are telling those people their efforts were for nothing.

Or how about you tell your excuses not to vote to those people who stand in line all day and risk getting shot or bombed or beaten because they want to vote. I remember seeing those pictures and wondering what those people would think if they heard barely 41% of our population votes.

Makes that couch look like a sorry excuse for not getting up, doesn’t it.You don’t like being called out for your lack of effort? I am not sure I care.

Being an American Citizen is much like being a parent – it is a responsibility. Oh sure there are a lot of fun things about being a couple/citizen but when it is time to do the dirty work of changing a diaper or voting for candidates people disappear quicker than my triple chocolate brownies.

In my town, people came out to vote in the last election because there were people up for the school board and village representatives. But county-wide it was a small turnout. Our country saw larger turnouts for mid-term elections and a bunch of wide -eyed republican reformers – were elected to office. Some like  Michele Bachmann  retained their seat and have come to the forefront of the political scene.

(By the way, I heard a nasty rumor she is from Canada but I have not confirmed that yet.)

My point is if you really want to make a difference, make a change in the way your government works, hate the guys currently in office, then get out and vote.

Picture by kenn kiser

People, throughout the centuries of our nation’s history, died so we would have this RIGHT and not using it is like listening to the evil one. The more you don’t go to church, the more Satan is victorious. The more people who do not go to the polls, the more those terrorists, who hate freedom, win.

Which side do you want to see “winning?”