MISSOURI, November 4, 2014 — One of the missing elements in our democracy today is citizen involvement with government. We should all understand our government, the candidates and the issues. We can then select the candidate who best supports our views.
When weighing candidates, voters should also try to assess their character. If someone lacks character, everything else becomes irrelevant.
One often-quoted reason for low voter turnout is “elected officials won’t listen to us anyway-so why vote.” This attitude is the surest way to keep officials from listening to constituents. If elected officials don’t hear the loud and consistent voices of constituents, he will have no accountability. Our nation’s democracy will be improved when citizens become more involved through voting, communicating with their elected officials and working with their representatives.
The old cycle of politics has disappeared. Years gone by we had the campaign and then there was a period of governing. Today there is one cycle, which is campaigning all the time. Candidates campaign from the second they are elected. This leads to constant bickering and lack of cooperation between parties. No one is interested in developing and implementing legislation for the good of the country. A lot of these politicians seem more interested in their political careers than in their constituents.
It has been discussed that maybe weekend voting, drive up voting, and who knows what will solve the problem of voter turnout. This tries to put a band aid on a gaping wound.
The problem is attitude. We, as Americans, must, as Americans get involved in our government and the issues which will result in elected officials who will strictly represent the interests of the people. Maybe this is a dream, but let’s shoot for the moon. If we fall short, we will at least be better off, then we are now.
We as grandparents, relatives, fathers, mothers, neighbors and educators-given the opportunity- should educate the non-voter whoever they are as to the importance on voting. It does not take that much time to vote. And if you have a neighbor who can’t drive to the poll offer to drive them. We are blessed to live in a country where we have the freedom to express our viewpoints through the “right to vote.
Exercising this right to vote is an “opportunity” to help ensure that you, your loved ones and heirs will live in a wholesome environment while maintaining our freedoms.
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