Monday, November 1, 2010
DON'T FORGET TO VOTE TOMORROW!
I hear you when you say that it's hard to get motivated to vote. Not only are you so sick of the political campaigns by the time election day comes around that you can't fathom spending another hour trying to sort through the mess of candidates, but you're also so confused about who stands for what and who lied to whom that you aren't sure what direction is up anymore.
That, my friends, is an unfortunate symptom to our democratic, two-party system. Or maybe of our media only publicizing the worst story. Or maybe of a lack of upstanding candidates.
Those quandaries are for another post.
What can't be put off is the simple privilege offered to us in the opportunity to vote tomorrow. Yes, we may not love the candidates and we may tire of the campaign, but we can't put aside the millions of people outside our borders that are dying, literally dying, for the same opportunity that you will be offered tomorrow.
While I remain unsure who will ultimately get my vote, I have to admit that Congressman Mark Kirk (currently running for US Senate) did get my attention during his visit to IL Corn in August when he said that electing him to serve Illinois during the lame duck session* would change the balance of parties in the Senate during a time when one party might try to shove policies through the system before the other party gains power in January. To think that the voters of Illinois might have that much power over policies and the federal government ... well ... it's an empowering reminder of how important each vote is!
The moral of the story here is that every American citizen is important. And to that end, every FARMER is important. With fewer than 2 percent of the population having your profession and voting in a way that might benefit you, it becomes all the more important to exercise your right.
No one else is going to do it for you. Don't forget to vote tomorrow.
*current Illinois Senator Roland Burris who was seated by Rod Blagojevich just before his world blew up was ruled an unconstitutional act and now the people of Illinois get to vote for Senator twice tomorrow - once to fill the seat during the lame duck session and once to fill it starting in January.
ICGA/ICMB Project Coordinator
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