When we said no more……..
N3 Editorial Team
We meant of course, no more letters, no more new ads, no more requests to post ‘articles’, etc. It did not mean we would stand mute the day before our community goes forward to figure out who will assume the mantle of office (barring a colossal influx of registered Democrats into the county between now and...
... November that reaches such epic proportions as to sway an entire election) in each of our contested elections.
So here’s the thing. You’re told to vote informed but really, what can you believe? There is a whole lot of information out there that is just, well, either not true or markedly irrelevant.
If you aren’t informed then talk to people you trust. I mean really, really trust and have known forever or exceedingly well. People who might share a common vision for how things ought to be and what constitutes integrity and authenticity.
Not the people you don’t know who are knocking on your day to sell you their candidate, not the late arriving ads that give you ‘the truth’ written (or perhaps not) by someone who pays (a lot) to have it placed, not the glossy mailings that depict candidates as being almost too good to be true….well not almost, actually way, way too good to be true, and not any of the other inducements money can buy.
Seriously, if you are still unsure go to someone you trust and whose judgment you have faith in. Listen to them. If they are equally in the dark then find someone who you both feel have confidence in and ask who they support and why.
Then decide and by all means vote.
Elections are strange and complicated and unpredictable at times. I mean, all you have to do is look at the national scene to realize that. Locally they can be just as complex. After all a lot of money goes into these local campaigns and don’t be fooled by the delusion that the money coming from the major supporters is due to a strong sense of civic duty. Someone’s getting something somewhere for this support. There are few people I have met who are truly altruistic and of those who are, none in my experience exist in the background of the political realm in any shape or form.
So again, go to a source you inherently trust and ask not just who they are voting for, but why they are voting the way they are. Find someone not easily swayed by the salesmanship of campaigns. Not someone who seems to have some serious skin in the game but one who has always been a trusted friend and who seems to have a good grasp of this election.
After all it’s a local gig right? This affects us more than any national nonsense in DC and make no mistake once elected it takes an act of God or a recall effort, an initiative that is more often than not unsuccessful, to displace whoever gets elected. It’s nothing like being able to fire them if they’re doing a lousy job. Once in, you can’t blow them out of their seat with a cannon shot if they want to stay.
So please, you need to get thee to the polls and vote.
Because There Is No Such Thing As Not Voting.
The less people who vote the better off those who desire to manipulate elections remain. To not participate isn't to not vote but is in effect giving your vote away to them because it is one less tally the campaign folks have to worry about.
So vote tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd. Find your precinct, make time to get to the polls and cast your ballot for pity’s sake. They will be open at 7am and remain open until 8pm.
This is, after all, your community, your county, the place you call your home.
And four years can be an awfully long wait if you want to change horses.
“Every election is determined by the people who show up.” - Larry J. Sabato
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