Don’t give up right to vote
It is amazing what a little time in the “water closet” with Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader can do for your next inspiration.
I was reading the section on (M)Ad Men and there were two quotes by famous people that caught my eye.
Edwin Land (1909 – 1991), the co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation and inventor of the Polaroid Camera said, “Marketing is what you do when your product is no good.”
Joseph E. Levine (1905 – 1987), an American film producer who was involved in the making of over 497 films, said, “You can fool all the people all of the time if the advertising is right and the budget is big enough”.
These two quotes got me thinking about one of the best marketers we have today. He is not far away, just to the south of us. He has demonstrated that you can fool many people. He uses his marketing skill to the fullest because his products of lies, deception, divisivness, racism and most things he claims, are no good. But do not put all the blame on him. He does have a ready audience of a like kind.
Here in good old Norfolk the election is now in the past and I must congratulate all the successful candidates on their election to Norfolk County council.
Voter turnout in Norfolk was about 41 per cent.
There was the possibility of 48,969 votes being cast in this 2018 election. In the election for mayor there were 20,077 votes cast, of which the winner got 10,838 for a margin of over 2,000 votes.
Congratulations to newly elected Mayor Kristal Chopp and my best wishes for a very successful four years.
My point is that there were 28,892 eligible voters in Norfolk who did not cast vote for the mayor’s position. To me that is a disgrace. With the advanced polls and easy access there is absolutely no reason not to make the effort to vote.
I know that there were fewer polls but those who complain are missing the point. We have the right to vote in this county, province and country and if we abuse that right for long enough maybe some day we won’t have it.
Remembrance Day is fast approaching and many young men and women sacrificed their lives during the First and Second World Wars so we could retain the privileges of a free democratic country with rights like voting.
If you take a look at all the election results across this country, Norfolk is a good reflection of the apathy towards voting. I wonder what the wake-up call will be and will it be in time.