“How often misused words generate misleading thoughts.”
- Herbert Spencer
Election day in Illinois, well a primary election and being a lifelong registered Republican, I pulled a democrat ballot. I did it for two reasons, first off the Republicans in Illinois and in my County need to get their head out of their butts and start getting some good candidates. The local county part of the ballot had not one race that needed a primary vote, and the state races were dismal and pathetic. So I decided to make sure my vote went to a place it was needed. It was a very hard thing for me to do. I even called a friend who is an inner circle Republican to apologize about what I had done. I also got a call from a friend who is a democrat who was blaming the earthquake that day in California on me, jokingly of course.
Voter turnout was dismal in most of Illinois, our county had almost 49% turnout for a primary. Averages were under 20% I think in most of the state. Stop and think about that for a minute, that we complain about our politicians but when it comes time to act, less than 50% of the voting populace made the decision. I want to know if teachers voted against incumbents who screwed their pensions. Or gun rights people voted against candidates who voted on making gun control stricter. I mean I could go on and on but the point is simple, our vote matters. We have gotten lazy, and that is why we have no control over our destiny as a nation. Take time and vote, there are places in the world where people have no voice.