*climbs onto soapbox*
People get ready, there's a train coming
You don't need no baggage, you just get on board...
~ The Impressions
November 4, 2008
A day that will change everything. Election Day here in the good old US of A.
Are you ready?
That's right -- I want to know if you're ready.
And by "ready" -- at least at this very moment -- I'm referring to being ready, willing and able to cast your vote. Have you taken those necessary steps...
Step One: Are you registered? Properly? Does your voter registration card match your driver's license in terms of information?Are you good to go cast your vote with all "I"s dotted and "T"s crossed?
If not -- you've got some time to get that rectified. Not a whole lot of time, however...
The voter registration deadlines for each state are starting to come upon us -- beginning next week. EEEK! Yeah, it's coming up, y'all...
Specific details can be found here, at the Rock the Vote Election Center. G0 -- check it out. And take whatever action is necessary for you to be ready to hit the polls on November 4th.
Step Two: Are you informed -- not just about the Presidential race, but about all the elections that will appear on your ballot? Now is the time to Get Knowledgeable. Look at Election Day as an opportunity to invest and educate.
Find out what the issues are.
Read about the candidates.
Watch the debates.
Spend time not just on candidate websites, but sites focusing on the objective side of politics.
Think about what matters to you. To your family. To your community.
Be an active part of the process.
Step Three: Commit to voting. Period.
Don't just talk about it -- make a mental covenant with yourself to actually do it. Even if you've never done it before. There's no time like the present to lose your voting virginity.
Think of it this way -- not voting lets other people make the decisions for you, and, speaking for myself, nothing pisses me off more than having someone speak for me without my consent or without an opportunity to put my two cents in. I can feel my blood pressure rising just imagining this.
PS: By not voting, you forfeit the right to complain about whoever’s in office. Those elected officials aren’t really representing you, because you never spoke up and said what you thought should happen in the first place.
Muse upon that for a moment. That scenario more than kinda sucks, doesn't it.
November 4, 2008. Perhaps the most important date in the history of our country in a long, long time.
It's coming. Time to get prepped and ready.
It's been a long, long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come
Oh, yes it will
~ Sam Cooke