Early Vot­ing Starts Oct. 22; Only A Few Days Un­til Elec­tion

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - OPINION - May­lon Rice Po­lit­i­cally Lo­cal MAY­LON RICE IS A FOR­MER JOUR­NAL­IST WHO WORKED FOR SEV­ERAL NORTH­WEST ARKANSAS PUB­LI­CA­TIONS. HE CAN BE REACHED VIA EMAIL AT MAYLONTRICE@YA­HOO.COM. THE OPIN­IONS EX­PRESSED ARE THOSE OF THE AU­THOR.

As I be­gin to think about elec­tion day, a new Garth Brooks song, pops into my head. Yes, I am about to em­u­late the lyrics that this Ok­la­homa crooner brings to mind.

His new­est song is given a ti­tle other than the wave, af­ter wave of lyrics about the catchy phrases of “… some­body’s got to…” do this or that.

I speak of his lat­est hit, All Day Long.

Elec­tion time, it seems, al­ways brings out the “body’s” as in some­body’s gotta do this or do that.

Just stay with me, it might be a bit be­fore some out there catch on.

So here we go in the key of C.

Some­body says it’s time to be vot­ing.

Some­body knows the can­di­dates are run­ning.

Some­body says the yard signs are out there.

And some­body says the politi­cians are talk­ing all around the county line.

No­body dis­putes it is time for the Mid-Term elec­tions.

Ev­ery­body has heard too much out of Wash­ing­ton, D.C.

Some­body’s on ev­ery ra­dio show and tele­vi­sion show.

Some­body’s on my iPhone and even your Face­book.

Some­body wants you to see them smile.

Some­body wants you to care.

Some­body wants you to vote for them.

No­body, to­day, it seems, wants to lis­ten to you.

No­body takes the time to think about what they are say­ing.

And ev­ery­body, yes, ev­ery­body, has an opin­ion.

Some­body wants to be heard.

Some­body wants to be seen.

Some­body often just yells louder.

Some­body just get a big­ger bull­horn.

Often that some­body just gets a big­ger mes­sage.

No­body re­ally wants to be trans­par­ent.

No­body wants to re­ally ban guns.

Ev­ery­body wants ev­ery­body to be safe.

But no­body has the an­swer how.

Ev­ery­body has a “brain trust” of friends.

Ev­ery­body wants the can­di­dates to be nice and fair.

Some­body knows how all those vot­ers will re­act to a state­ment, a fact, a pol­icy opin­ion or even the body lan­guage of the politi­cian.

No­body out there wants to make any­body mad.

Ev­ery­body wants to look their best.

Ev­ery­body wants to drop big names.

No­body wants any­one to ad­mit they are not their friend.

No­body wants to ad­mit the guilt of not know­ing a face, a name.

And no­body wants to say any­thing of sub­stance.

Ev­ery­body wants lower taxes.

Ev­ery­body wants their tax ex­emp­tions left alone.

Ev­ery­body wants bet­ter schools.

Ev­ery­body wants safer schools.

But no­body wants to pay more taxes.

Ev­ery­body wants the lo­cals folks left alone.

No­body wants Un­cle Sam’s help.

But not ev­ery­body knows how this can hap­pen.

Ev­ery­body wants bet­ter roads and a bet­ter econ­omy.

No­body, it seems, be­lieves that a strong govern­ment is needed to reach those goals.

Any­body can, of course, run for pub­lic of­fice.

Any­body can say they are the one.

No­body wants to think that on elec­tion night – it won’t be any­thing but fun.

Ev­ery­body wants to run on their own record.

No­body wants to run on an imag­i­nary record, for a job they have never held if only just given the chance by the vot­ers on elec­tion night.

Ev­ery­body wants to let you know where they live, where they work and what a great job they can do for you.

No­body wants to ad­mit to them­selves or the vot­ers — they are just look­ing for a salaried job.

No­body is go­ing to tell you they don’t like the cur­rent Gov­er­nor (who is also run­ning for re-elec­tion) or the Pres­i­dent (who is not run­ning for re-elec­tion this No­vem­ber) – well, no­body, with any com­mon sense.

Ev­ery­body is go­ing to tell you they are lis­ten­ing to the vot­ers.

Ev­ery­body’s go­ing to tell you they will be back home all the time.

No­body is go­ing to tell a politi­cian you don’t un­der­stand what they are telling you.

Ev­ery­body who is run­ning wants to be nice.

But not ev­ery­body will be nice.

Not ev­ery­one tells the truth.

No­body it seems wants you to think any­thing less.

Ev­ery­body tells you they will vote for you.

But no­body, with any po­lit­i­cal sense, be­lieves this.

Well, some­body’s gotta do some­thing.

Early vot­ing be­gins Oct.

22.

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