A Different Take
It’s mine turn to do the obligatory election post. I’ve read some wonderfully thoughtful blog posts about the election. Not just about who people are voting for, but also about teaching children about the importance of voting. It’s amazing how many different opinions people have on the election, and how many different experiences we each have.
I have strong feelings about who I’m voting for, like I always do. It’s never been difficult for me to make up my mind. But, I’m not going to share them here, because that’s not what I think is the most important thing during this election.
So, what do I think is more important than the Presidential election? I think every other election that is going on is more important. Crazy, I know. But think about it. We have this wonderful system of government that is set up to keep any one person from having too much power, the system of checks and balances. Yes, the President plays a role in this, but many of the issues that the presidential candidates are talking about actually fall to the Congress to draft and enact. So please, educate yourselves on who is running, and what their stances are. Don’t just flip the party lever.
And please don’t forget about your local elections as well. Your state and local governments often have a bigger impact on your lives than what goes on at the Federal level. No, the elections don’t get as much press, but they tend to impact you more. If you are concerned about things like green space in your neighborhood, the local public schools, local taxes, the quality of your storm drainage, and many of the smaller issues that hit so close to home, then please educate yourselves and vote for the people who will support your vision. Don’t just flip that party lever.
This year, my biggest election quandary is who to vote for the PA house. It’s a close battle for control between the two parties, and I’d really like my party to win. However, our local Representative - from the other party – has been outstanding. The man goes door to door in the middle of the summer to make sure that he meets as many of his constituents as possible. He sends out frequent reminders to everyone with his office locations and all of the services he can provide for us. For as long as I’ve lived in my current home, he has worked for the people of my community. So, he’s going to get my vote, even though he’s not a member of my party.
So, whoever you are voting for, please, do your homework and make your choices based on the issues. Don’t just pull that party lever.