Ok, let’s get right to the point: There is no justification for only 12.7% of registered voters turning out for our recent election. Two weeks of early/absentee voting and 12 hours of voting on election day provide plenty of opportunity to vote. Since I’ve taken to public shaming, I have received several excuses from people about not voting. Here are a few:
You’re right, it is an excuse. But not a good reason. First of all, who are “the people”? Just you? You and a couple of friends? If you are not voting because you are not getting your way, then you don’t understand how democracy works. Think about it this way: the majority of voters DO get their way. Their candidate wins; their ballot issue wins; and winning for them has never been easier because people like you stay home. If you are discouraged at the way government works then I guarantee the wrong thing to do is give up: that is NOT the way our country was founded.
Again, who is “we”? And as far as doing what “they” want, “they” were elected by the majority of voters to make decisions on your behalf. If you disagree, isn’t it your duty to become involved?
Perhaps there is more to the story, but if your response is to withdraw rather than engage, then it doesn’t matter. Imagine if your teenage child told you what they wanted, but you, acting under your authority as a parent knew there was something the child was not considering… would you try to explain? Would you do what is right over what is popular? Would you be willing to make a decision that affects, at least temporarily, your relationship with your child? Or, would you take the path of least resistance and give-in? Leadership can be hard – that’s why most people don’t want to subject themselves to unjustified (and mostly anonymous) criticism.
Starting next week, there will be a great deal of media coverage on the Civic Center plan so I won’t go into that specifically, but I will tell you this: There is always more to the story.
Our government, whether national, state, county or city, is made up of people put in those positions by other people. If the government doesn’t operate to your liking then congratulations – you and I have something in common. If you choose only to complain, yet do nothing to improve things, then you will never be satisfied.