America is not the country it used to be. Big money and partisan politics over the last couple of decades have left the majority of American citizens wanting. The chasm between the haves and have-nots has grown dramatically. Our government has become a three-ring circus – a circus no one feels good about.
Too often, folks wring their hands and lament the situation, but have no real inkling of the power and responsibility they have to change it. I think we have forgotten as Americans that this is our country and we not only have the power to effect change, we have a responsibility to use said power with aforethought. Let me be clear, when I speak of power I don’t mean the type of power that comes from pie-in-the-sky idealism, I mean the power that regular citizens wield with their vote and wallet. If you want change as a citizen use your vote wisely – as if your quality of life depends on it. Because let’s face it – it does.
By the same token, if you disagree with the practices in corporate America or local businesses, don’t give them your hard-earned money – go elsewhere. Money makes the world go round and when corporations and businesses stop earning money they will either change to accommodate the consumer or die. You have the power here folks and every individual action matters in the cumulative effect.
North Dakota has a number of elected positions and eight measures on the ballot tomorrow. Are you informed of who the candidates are and what platforms they are running on? If not, go here to find who the candidates in your area are and their contact information. Call them (or their representatives) and ask questions.
As for the measures, there are some heavy hitting and far-reaching measures this time around that deserve your careful consideration. Go here to get a very basic summary of the measures. To learn more about these measures, go to the North Dakota Secretary of State’s page where the measures are listed (click here) and do some reading. Do your due diligence and know what you are voting for or against. Think about the benefits and/or consequences of passing these measures. Don’t let your only education on the candidates and measures be the inundation of drivel that has been put out by the proponents and the opponents of the candidates and measures. All the commercials and print ads have done is stir-up a dust cloud that makes it almost impossible to get to the truth. Take responsibility for the North Dakota and America you want to live in – don’t become a puppet in the circus we have all come to abhor.
If you do not know where to go or how to vote in North Dakota, go to the state’s voting information page (click here). Every jurisdiction has a nearby, easy-to-access polling place. If you have school-aged children, sit down with them and use this opportunity to teach them about the power and responsibility they wield as citizens. Let them know that America is designed to be a “government of the people, by the people, and for the people” (thank you Mr. Lincoln) and that requires that “the people” actively engage.
Let’s get our country back on track and send the partisan politic circus packing. I personally have seen enough of the juggling monkeys, balancing acts, and freak show to last me a lifetime. Vote tomorrow and be a part of the solution. Together, we can take back our country.
Day one thousand five hundred and eighty of the new forty – obla di obla da