Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Stand And Be Counted Addendum

That is my I Voted sticker in English and Spanish on the Maryland directions for voting. I made it through the ice storm to vote. Only a mere hour and a half to go seventeen miles. Nothing to it.

I was raised to take voting seriously, and I was taught that it was my responsibility. The words 'right' and 'privledge' were never uttered. You didn't vote and you knew that the vote cops came and got you, and your father executed you. It's easier being a good citizen. All together now...


heartinsanfrancisco said...

It IS a serious responsibility if we want the right to complain about our government.

Nothing quite tests your will like an ice storm, though. Glad you made it back to your computer safely.

Alison said...

Yep, glad you made it back safe and sound.

Glamourpuss said...


I'm in two mind about voting. On the one hand, I think that if you want to criticise or hold expectations of government, then you need to participate in democracy by voting. But if you reject the whole system, then voting is a tacit approval of it.

Personally, I think voting should be mandatory, but there should be a box you tick for 'none of the cheating, cynical charlatans above'.


The CEO said...

Hearts, well said, we are the caretakers of this mess, and we're the ones responsible for it.

Alison, working has made the concept of coming home all the more appealing, and I like what I do.

Puss, we have that box to check, it only says none of the above, and we also allow write-in candidates. I actually read the rules book, I knew you'd expect me to read it.

James Burnett said...

Monty, I commend you. When I was younger I was too lazy and self-centered to wait on a long line to vote. When I started to age I used the excuse for a while that I shouldn't vote 'cause I'm a journalist and need to remain neutral. Now (and for the past two presidential election cycles), I'm old enough to know that my occupation means far less than my obligation.

Good post.

The CEO said...

Hi James, it's good seeing you. It's really the difference in how we were raised. I was taken into the voting booth from the time I was an infant. I heard discussions at dinner about who would be good, and why. I grew up thinking everyone did that. Then I grew up and the whole World changed.