I put my money where my mouth was. A while back I said that we all needed to get more involved in the politics of this country, and try to convince the politicians of this country that we were tired of the "Political party and me first" attitude of most of the politicians out there.
So, I went out and found a candidate who believed the same thing, and I have been supporting him this year in our local elections. It's been quite an education. And, today, I got one of the most discouraging lessons that I could have imagined. I'm checking to make sure, but this is what happened.
We did a literature drop in my candidate's district this morning. We had a list of all of the registered voters, Democrat, Republican, Independent and Blank, in the district and we each took a specific area, and were supposed to hit all of the homes of these voters. What absolutely destroyed me was that, while doing this drop, I found that I was only hitting about 20% of the houses on my assigned streets. What the heck? I really hope that these county rolls are wrong, because I find it so very hard to believe that only 20% of the voters in my area are even bothering to register to vote.
I happen to believe that we should work for change within the system, but, how can we, when there are so few of us who even care enough to participate? It's too late for this year, but, please, register to vote for next year's election, and work hard to convince everyone you know to register, also. I don't care how you vote, but, we, the 99%, have to express our opinion, and voting is the very best way to do that.
Update - I emailed my candidate and asked if this was, indeed, all of the registered voters and the answer I got back was somewhat heartening. The houses that we were dropping literature off at represented those who "sometimes" voted in off-year elections. Those who voted every year were not included, because they vote anyways. Still, he also told me that in off-year elections, only about 30% of the registered voters show up at the polls.
It's at the grass roots level that we can have the most effect. So, remember to look at your candidates and be sure to get out and vote this year for the candidate who best represents your beliefs.