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VOTE!

June 1, 2012 • JAK's Place

Need to know more about the issues and the candidates? http://wisconsinvote.org/ has it all.

Here is the uncut version of Seth’s article for the newsletter (it was trimmed slightly to fit the paper version):

One of my favorite sayings these days is: “Vote as if your life depends upon it, because it does.”

We are fortunate enough to live in a country that, in theory at least, we can participate in our government. We have the opportunity to elect our own leaders and the power to effect what our elected leaders do. However, there is a catch, we have to take it upon ourselves to actively research our potential leaders and educate ourselves as to what they stand for and what they will do to serve us. Our elected officials work for US. We pay their salaries with OUR tax money. If they deceive us while in office we have a right to hold them accountable. Elected officials are not above the law. They must play by the same rules as the rest of us.

I am confident that everyone who reads this article is aware of the upcoming Recall Election that will be held on June 5th. I hope only that every one of you will register and vote. If you care about things like: education, environmental protection, health care, Social Security, Medicaid, taxes and job creation, you need to vote. Ask yourself, “What matters to me?” and “What do I believe in?” Find out what the different candidates stand for and research what they have done in the past. Government officials must maintain ‘transparency’ while in office. You have the right to know about everything they do as a politician. They cannot dismiss our inquiries. They must not lie.

Do you vote? Are you registered to vote? If not, why not? We have the right to elect the officials that will best serve us. This is a free country and it will remain so as long as politicians have to answer to us, the voters. If you haven’t voted in the past because you think your vote doesn’t matter or that there are no good candidates consider this: voting is our right, as Americans, and if you don’t vote you should not complain. Voting is not just a privilege, it is an opportunity to positively effect our communities and improve our lives.

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