I’m am not about to discuss your political affiliation, your bent towards the conservative or liberal, or even the color of your socks.  I really, truly don’t care.  What I do care about is that this coming Tuesday, the Second of November, you get to your friendly local polling place and support whatever candidates, programs, referendums, questions or whatever, and vote for the ones you, personally, like.  Because I’m going to be doing the same thing for the ones I personally agree with.  What matters is the action of voting, even more than who or what you vote for.  It is this action, this freedom that is given to us to actively participate in governing our city, our county, our state, our nation, that is important, not who or what you vote for.  Action speaks louder than words, it is said, so speak with your vote or be quiet.  If you choose not to vote, then I say you are failing yourself and your country!  You are not a participant in the great, ongoing experiment that is our form of democracy, and you are the worse for not experiencing it.  But please, remember one thing: if you don’t vote, don’t come crying to me or anyone else that the whole country is going to hell in a hand-basket.  You had the chance when the polls opened and chose not to take it, and it is you who must live with the consequences of non-participation.


About Bob

Born in 1949 in Colfax, Washington. Attended grades 1-12 there, spent one year at Spokane Falls Community College, then 3 at Eastern Washington. Graduated from there with a degree in Anthropology. Married my wonderful wife in 1970, joined the US Air Force in 1971 and spent 20 years as an aircraft mechanic. Along the way had two great children, a boy then a girl, 4 grand kids and two step grands. After I retired from active duty I finally found myself a public library manager, and now after doing that for 18 years I find myself finally retired for good and all.
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5 Responses to Voting

  1. Jerry says:

    I agree Bob. More people need to see the blue fingers of the Iraq people who voted for the first after the US brought down Saddam. Voting is a privilege.

  2. abby taylor says:

    Is the name of your blog” Could not duplicate”?
    I love your pic -that’s how I still picture you since I was a little girl. You always looked so kind in it to me.

    Oh I guess I should comment on your blog -YES, YES, YES -I agree!!!
    Love Ya

    • Bob says:

      The name of my Blog is Could Not Duplicate. In the Air Force it meant we could not get the same results the Pilot had written up in the forms when we tried to get a system to malfunction in the same way. So you signed it off as a “CND” (usually pronounced “C an D”), then went on with life. Guess I chose it as a title because I don’t want to duplicate anyone else, just give my opinion. Thanks for thinking of me as still having dark, thick hair. Been a long time since I did.

  3. Peter Ferguson says:

    I am someone who has always believed it is not only my democratic right to vote, but it is my responsibility to vote. Democracy is an active concept, not a slogan. So it has always intrigued me that folk who don’t vote seem be the ones who complain the most about government! I believe they abdicated from that right (to complain) when they chose to not vote. They are the victims of their own inaction.

  4. dawn says:

    Yet, in this great country, even the slackers, who are too lazy or afraid to vote can scream loudest & even burn the flag if that’s their desire. I feel blessed to be part of a country that gives its people that much freedom & a voice. I saw a t-shirt somewhere that stuck with me – “Home of the free because of the Brave!”

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