In a previous post, I had asked that each of us concentrate on our own state, our own candidates, and not worry too much about what’s going on in Iowa and New Hampshire. They happen to voice their opinion about the presidential candidates first, but they are not the only ones who get to have their say.
Each state has a primary. It is our duty as citizens of these states to find out what each candidates stands for and what his or her plans are. Then match up those views with what you believe in, and vote with your conscience when it comes time for your primary.
In tis country, we are not used to doing our homework when it comes to elections. We are used to relying on the media (too heavily) whether it be newspapers, magazines, or talking heads on the tube. In many ways elections results can and are molded by the media and to whom they choose to pay attention. A large segment of the population votes based on what Letterman and Leno had to say; or take their cues from Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. All good, all funny, and all probably even get us to think. But that is their opinion, what about yours.
But that’s not how it should be and not how our founding fathers wanted it to be. There are untold number of resources available to each of us to find out what each candidate stands for. The Internet itself is a vast source of information and while the Internet can contain bias just like any other medium, the sheer volume of information available to us allows us to weed through it all and make judgements of our own.
So please, let’s not rely on other people to tell us who to vote for. And please don’t make assumptions about candidates simply because they are democrats or republicans, women or men, black or white. There is simply too much at stake here and the lines between party lines have blurred so much (like it or not). For example, a democrat may find a republican that has opinions more in line with what the democrat believes in, like say fiscal conservatism. Maybe you consider yourself to be a very progressive liberal, but you struggle with the idea of abortion. Not all democrats agree with how things should be done, nor do all republicans, or any other second political party. Can you even name another polictial party (other than “independent”; that is not a political party, it just means unaffiliated with the well knows Dems and Reps).
I am not here to ask that you vote a particular way or for a particular party. I will not spout off my political views and try to convince you of anything. I am asking that each of us do our homework. Don’t vote blindly based on what you think is popular opinion or the party line. If you are not sure of a candidates position on a topic, find out. If you can’t find it easily, call the closest headquarters for the candidate. They will be happy to explain their position. If you don’t have access to that, call the candidates office. They all have toll free numbers.
Did you really understand what Al Gore, John Kerry, or George W. Bush stood for before you pulled that lever? Can you look back now and question whether or not you had educated yourself enough to make the decision that you made? That’s the point of the posting.
I’ve only become somewhat political in the last year or so. All I can tell you is that if you want information or answers, it is out there.
If you understand how much say you really have and how important this election really is, then I believe that you will all be Pioneers. You should at least know what isn’t working, in your opinion, so you know who NOT to vote for. Again, your opinion and your vote matters, as long as you cast your vote with conviction based on what YOU believe and you alone.
In other countries, as I am writing this posting, there are people being murdered for their political beliefs. I don’t want to get all sappy but I don’t think we realize what a privilege we have to be able to pick our own president. So go out there, trust democracy, get educated and cast your vote. If no, what will you tell your children about how this whole thing works.
Think ahead, and thank you for stopping by.