Skip to main content

A Peaceful Revolt

Ok, I've hit this on my other blogs, but I'm going to bring it up here, too.

WHY ARE WE NOT CONTESTING ELECTIONS IN THIS COUNTRY?

I keep hearing about it on the news, that major races are completely uncontested. Congress has a lower approval rating than President Bush, yet we have dozens of races with no opposition. My own state fielded only obscure, unheard of opposition to the current majority party in Congress. How is it that we are so apathetic that people are completely uninterested in serving their community, state, or country? And with the newer voting machines, we seem to have eliminated the classic 'write-in' candidate, so we're left with the option of voting for someone, or leaving the spot blank. Then, only statistical analysis will show that, while someone may have received 100% of the vote, they didn't get as many votes as ballots were cast. If we are going to hold our elected officials accountable, we have to be able to vote for someone else.

Therefore, the Doug for President campaign challenges you, the blog-reading nation, to act! I challenge that, whatever party or platform you support, you strive to make every race in 2010 a contested race. Let's get more people on the ballot to match more people at the polls. Consensus in this country may only come when we break the 2-party deadlock by involving additional groups like the Green Party, the Constitution Party, the Libertarians, and true independents!!

Comments

  1. I agree completely... thinking and praying about 2010 and 2012 myself...

    ReplyDelete
  2. I agree.

    You think I should run for the School Board first or should I aim high and run for the State Legislature?

    ReplyDelete
  3. Jeff--I'm with you. Actually considering 2010. Have big plans for 2012, which I'll share with you later.

    Shelly--where are you passionate? Do you want to work with the school board or tackle everything? Where can you give someone at least a modicum of challenge? Run for mayor, school board, city council, congress, wherever you want to.

    We've made great strides this year in pushing back the voter apathy of recent elections. Let's keep it moving!

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

To deal with SPAM comments, all comments are moderated. I'm typically willing to post contrary views...but I also only check the list once a day, so if you posted within the last 24 hours, I may not be to it yet.

Popular posts from this blog

Book Review: The Heart Mender by @andyandrews (Andy Andrews)

The Heart Mender: A Story of Second ChancesEver read a book that you just kind of wish is true?  That's my take on The Heart Mender by Andy Andrews.  It's a charming story of love and forgiveness, and it's woven into the historical setting of World War II America.  For the narrative alone, the book is worth the read, but the message it contains is well worth absorbing as well.However, let's drop back a minute.  This book was originally published under the title Island of Saints.  I read Island of Saints and enjoyed it greatly.  Now, Andrews has released it under a new title, with a few minor changes.  All of this is explained in the Author's Note at the beginning, but should be noted for purchaser's sake.  If you read Island of Saints, you're rereading when you read The Heart Mender.  Now, go ahead and reread it.  It will not hurt you one bit.Overall, the story is well-paced.  There are points where I'd like more detail, both in the history and the geog…

Abraham Lincoln Quoted by Jesus! Mark 3

Mark records a curious event in his third chapter (link). If you look at Mark 3:25, you'll see that Jesus quotes the sixteenth President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. After all, one of the highlights of the Lincoln years is his famous speech regarding slavery in the United States where he used the phrase that "a house divided against itself cannot stand." This speech was given in 1858 when he accepted the nomination to run against Stephen A. Douglas for Senate, but is still remembered as the defining speech regarding slaveholding in the United States. I recall being taught in school how brilliant and groundbreaking the speech was, how Lincoln had used such wise words to convey his thought. Yet the idea was not original to Lincoln. Rather, it was embedded in Lincoln from his time reading the Bible. Now, I have read varying reports about Lincoln's personal religious beliefs: some place him as a nearly completely committed Christian while others have him somewh…

Independence Day 2017

I don’t know if Thomas Paine will be aggrieved that I paste his thoughts from Common Sense here, from the electronic edition. It’s a Public Domain work at this point, so hopefully none will be bothered that I am not paying for it...I think there is value in seeing the underlying reasons of Independence. I find a couple of things noteworthy in his introduction:First, he speaks of those who disagree and, while calling those out, holds the strength of his affirmative argument will be enough to straighten them out. We could do well to think more like that.Second, his final sentence should be a required view: the influence of reason and principle. Not self-interest masquerading as principle. Not party propaganda disguised as reason.That being said, not everything Paine said is right. If he and I lived at the same time, we’d argue religion over a great deal. However, the idea of “natural rights of man” follows from the idea of humanity as a special creation—that all are created equal and en…