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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Every Vote Counts

I thought a lot about what my post would be today.  Would I roast people for not voting for Obama... would I simply post a pro-Obama picture or graphic.   

This is where I ended up...

I actually heard someone say this morning that their vote didn't matter.  Their reasoning was that they knew that New York was going for Obama regardless of their vote for McCain... hence their vote wouldn't matter.  Even being a supporter of Barack Obama I still have problems with that kind of thinking.

First...  Too many elections are lost because of that kind of attitude.  Sure it's fine if one person does it, but if too many people do it... well, frankly that's how George W. Bush got elected twice.

Second... even if you "know" that your candidate is going to lose your state you should still vote.  That vote and others like yours sends a message to the winner there were X number of people that said "no"... and that matters.  It shows the winner that they still have work to do.  It proves that there are people that need to be reached out to and our elected officials need to know that their constituants include not just the people that voted for them, but also the people that voted against them.  One of the most important ways that we can make them understand that is by voting.

That being said... our responsibilities as citizens don't begin and end on the first Tuesday in November.  Our voices need to be heard all year... and as loudly as possible.  

So... after the results are in and the winners take office take the time to sit down and write a letter (or an email) to our new president... to your senators... and your congressman (or woman).  Let them know where you stand on the issues that are important to you.  Do the same for your state and local officials as well.  Remember, these people work for us whether we voted for them or not.

Now go vote... and be thankful that you have the right to do so.

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