No excuses: Vote Nov. 6 or don’t complain later
If you don’t vote, we don’t want to hear about it. It may be the only instance you find newspaper people, normally very passionate about the First Amendment, wanting to limit the Freedom of Speech.
If you don’t vote, shut up. We don’t want to hear it. vou had the power; you just wasted it.
This election, particularly the presidential race, has stirred up so much emotion that we’re expecting record- breaking turnout. That is the extent of our predictions.
We’ve heard what you’ve heard: The election is too close to call at this point. Let’s rehearse the arguments. My spouse and I cancel each other out. sote anyway.
I don’t like either of the candidates. Pick one. Or vote for the Green candidate or the Libertarian candidate. sote for senator, congressperson, representative. Don’t forget about the state legislative seats as well. There’s even a lot of squawking going on about the candidates for state attorney general.
This is supposed to be a representative democracy. It works best when everyone participates. It is your right. It is your privilege. It is your duty.
Men and women have died on fields of battle to protect that right. Men and women died in church fires and hangmen’s nooses in the battle for civil rights, which included voting rights. Women were tortured in prisons for women’s suffrage. Don’t take it for granted. The framers of the Constitution wisely wrote in those old checks and balances into our system of government. If the wrong man — whoever you may think that is — wins the presidential race, you still have the power to affect policy via the legislative branch.
If the wrong men or women — whoever you may think they are — win seats in the r. S. or state House of Representatives or Senate, they will run for reelection in two or four years.
vou still have the power. soting is the first step. Keep their feet to the fire after the election. rse email, the telephone, the r. S. Postal Service to make your voices heard.
Or you can be quiet about it. Let whatever comes come.
Just don’t come crying to us.