Time to change your clocks and your leadership. I know people who lost their jobs, homes and healthcare. They died before they could vote. Their pre-existing condition became a post-existing one. We need to take better care of each other. That is what civilization is all about.
How do we avoid becoming a nation of poor, homeless and dying refugees in an apocalyptic wasteland? You get involved. Voting is important. If you cannot change leadership, become the leadership. Raise your voice until you are heard. Never give up and keep pushing until they give.
It is going to be a busy couple of days/weeks/months/years.
These days Halloween is no longer the scariest day of the year. Election day is. After months of getting other people registered to vote, I got my ballot in the mail. I gathered all my research and quietly filled out the form. It is great to vote by mail because there is no hurry. There is no line of people behind you. You sign it and drop it in the mail.
Sometimes you vote for an issue that affects you directly, other times for the greater good. How many times have you walked by someone suffering on the street and wanted to help? If you vote, you can help.
One vote can make a difference. Many times I have sat on panels, boards, committees and council meetings and been the deciding vote. Several organizations I belong to exist today because of one vote. What do these organizations do? They help people find jobs, housing, education and healthcare.
Oddly, there are some who do not want to help other people… until they become those other people.
On October 2, 2018, Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly killed by at the Saudi Arabian embassy in Istanbul Turkey. His body was dismembered by a bone saw.
Journalists are under attack all over the world. When you keep a journalist from covering a story, you are a bad guy. Killing a journalist does not kill the story. In many cases the story does not go away, it just gets bigger.
Think about this as I fill out my ballot. I want candidates who support a free press and human rights around the world. We must be able seek and speak the truth if we are going to survive.
Election Day is November 6, 2018 but I already received my sample ballot in the mail. I like sitting at my desk and carefully researching each issue and candidate. It is better than rushing through the ballot in the voting booth.
One way to evaluate is to measure how much campaign literature you receive in the mail. If you get lots of colorful brochures, rich bad guys paid for that and you should probably vote the other way. If you see lots of the same commercials on television, those are paid for by the bad guys. If you see lots of signs on lawns, those are expensive too. A well financed campaign is backed by people who are well financed. You are not.
Another approach is to be reasonable. Will the issue or candidate help you? Will it help people you know? Will it help people you do not know? Will it help a few wealthy people or millions of ordinary people?
Do you know the candidates personally? Lots of people this year have decided to do more than vote, and become candidates themselves. I am so proud when a friend decides to run for office. Of course I vote for them. I know them. Yeah, it might be just for the local school board, but schools are important. Some student is going to grow up and become a candidate.
Voting by mail is great. Voting early is great too. I have seen voters line up around the block of their local Board of Elections. There seemed to be a lot of women this year. I wonder why.
Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends!
This year’s election is important, so I’ve been busy getting people registered to vote. I went to one courthouse and saw a line of people stretching out of the building and into the parking lot. They were all women. Many of them were watching the news on their phones. Some were openly weeping. The woman behind the counter said it had been going on all week.
One woman talked to me. She said that she faced harassment from men and women. She thinks it is about an abuse of power. She had a union to protect her job. Without protection, she worried she would have to do something horrible to herself or coworkers to pay for her house or send her daughter to college. She called such people collaborators or kapos.
Another woman said that she was actually happy that the terrible news came to the surface. She wanted people to know that no matter who you are, no matter where you go, the day will come for you to be held accountable for your actions.