Is It Just Me or Is It Getting Hot 'round Here?
Well boys 'n girls, it appears that election season is upon us once again. Candidates, potential and otherwise are strategizin' and jostling for position.
Self proclaimed "Progressive-Not bound by traditional ways or beliefs" Steve Price has his own blogsite :
And many other names are being bandied about for both Common Council & Mayoral positions. The one constant is that none, other than CM Price and he only vaguely, are being publically forthcoming as to what their intentions or platform consists of. It would appear they all went to the same school as the party leaders of our community, "Speak not at all and smile a lot"
So how are we to make informed decisions about whom to vote for? Oh, that's right, we aren't. We are to just blindly follow tradition and vote for the incumbent. Barring that, they'd just as soon we didn't bother to show up at the polls.
Not that this has been either publically or officially stated, mind you. That would require a statement of position and again we haven't heard any.
So again readers, I implore you to read the lines, read between the lines, and if you are not registered to vote, by all means do so. Then after you have verified that you are indeed registered in the precinct in which you currently live (as opposed to the one you lived in prior to moving) , continue to read, ask candidates hard questions, demand honest answers, analyze it all, and ultimetly GO TO THE POLLS & VOTE! Vote 'till it hurts.
To clarify my comment about follow up of your registration, when you change your physical address, even if you were previously registered, your status will not be automatically updated. You must verify your current status and make sure you aren't registered in more than one location. If you are, your vote will be VOID! They will gleefully toss it out the window onto that evergrowing pile of trash in the alley.
Above all, remember this. For most recent elections, only 25% or less of the legally registered eligible voters have bothered to do so. In real life terms, that equates to 1 out of 4 are making decisions that 100% of us have to live with until the next election cycle rolls around. The political machine is more than happy with these figures because they can easily influence enough of that 25% to vote their way without breaking a sweat. I on the other hand, am not happy with 1/4 of the population dictating the lifestyles of the other 3/4 of us.
A disclaimer here. I, at this point, am not expousing one party nor one candidate over the other. Vote your conscience, vote they way Grandpa did, vote straight, vote split, or best of all be an informed voter, but vote nonetheless.
Responsible citizenship! I know, I know! It's a bitch, but it is the ONLY sure way you have a voice in the who and how your government works! It's like going to the dentist or that boring ass job you have to face when you climb out of bed every morning, just put down your purse and DO IT! You will thank yourself afterwards.
Welcome to the furnace!