Today there is no lengthy diatribe about the failings of print media or the soap opera of politics. Today there is no plea for tougher reforms. Instead today there is a simple plea for individuals to get involved in their community.
The 2008 election featured a voter turnout of 68%. That is not 68% of the entire population in this country. That is 68% of the eligible voters in the country. To be an eligible voter one only needs to meet these basic requirements: be at least 18 years of age, be a citizen of the United States, be a resident of the state and to have not committed a felony. These are simple enough qualifications. If the number of eligible voters is about 100 million, then that would mean only 68 million people are voting. This 68% number is the first time since 1968 that voter turnout has even broken the 60% barrier. The ramifications of this is astounding. This tells us that the people who are in charge of our government are not truly representative of the will of the people in this country. Imagine a community of 300 people. There is to be an election held to determine who will be the leader. Of those 300, only about 100 are able to vote. This already means that 1/3 of the population will make a decision for everyone else. Of the 100, only 68 people vote. That means less than 1/4 of the population just made a decision for the entire population.
Are you fed up by what is not happening in our government? Are you looking for leadership in our government? The way to make all of this take shape is a very simple solution. GET INVOLVED! There is nothing more powerful in society than an informed and mobile citizenry. In order for government to change, we must look at ourselves and each other and ask why are we sitting on the side lines. GET INVOLVED! Life passes by those people who fail to act. Those who decide to ask will be able to reap the rewards of their actions. The question becomes: What do you want?
Get Informed and Get Involved!