This publicly posted Cartoon; from the Post-Dispatch in St. Louis, MO reminded me of something I mostly practice as a voter. The cartoon strip is called “Pearls before Swine” – by Stephan Pastis. I like the comic strip, and I give credit to the writer.
What I have always believed and practiced, as best I could is as follows.
WE have a right and a responsibility to vote for our representatives and leaders. In a democratic society HOW can we vote, feel good about our vote and minimize the potential of wrong full results in an election. Not easy the way the election process and campaigning is run now days.
You see we also (and first) have a responsibility to learn about the office or position we are voting for, as well as for the individual or individuals seeking this position. This is logical, right?
So, we can read, listen, watch and learn about the candidates running. We can also attend forums or city group meetings; if we have the time and inclination to do so. If we do not or cannot make ourselves do this, the end game is quite simple. Don’t Vote; this or these particular contests.
We would be participating in a wrongful election if we voted blindly. We ethically should not vote exclusively as our neighbor brother or sister does. We need to learn, and then vote our own good conscious. The voting process depends on this.
I feel good when I vote, and I try to vote on every Election. I simply do not vote on the campaigns that I do not understand well enough to enter an honest vote. At least I am not swaying the vote against the logic of the masses, and I feel good about that. I let the informed voters vote on the campaign (which I did not learn more or enough about); and therefore those that I should not vote.
When I was in the 6th or 8th grade, I thought it would be logical and efficient if we simply gave the title or President and Vice president to the top two winners (from all parties collectively). Now I wonder how that would have turned out.
I would like to remind everyone to Read, Listen, Watch “LEARN” and then VOTE. This election we need to get things closer to right than we have in several previous elections. Please Vote.