I think that not only is voting a sacred right, but should be an absolute obligation for every legal citizen in this country. I also hear that “my one vote will not count so why should I vote?” Did you ever think that another 10 to 20 percent or even 5 percent of the 60 percent of eligible voters that do not vote starting to vote could make a thousand times more difference than the special interest groups that buy our political leaders? Do you think that by putting in some folks with common sense that have lived and faced the same problems that you have would make a difference?
I take a lot of good-natured ribbing from my “fitness mafia group” about being naïve and thinking that writing my small column will make some difference. I tell them that I find it repugnant that we are destroying the middle class of our country by allowing the people we have in office to escape any accountability for the sorry shape we find our country — and even worse — our state in.
I just cannot personally understand why we do not force the issue with our representatives to public financing of elections. Money should not dictate who is elected to represent us just as money should not dictate whether you receive good health care. One of the most dangerous phrases we will ever hear or read is “It has always been done that way”.
We need to see the backbone of our society (the middle class and lesser advantaged citizens) decide that it is time to be represented fairly and tell the lobbyist and special interest to take a hike. My editor will not allow me to divulge the destination I have in mind.