There has never been a more important time for Americans to engage in the political process. With the election just around the corner, the pressure continues to build. The status quo in Washington lives and breathes with the apathy of American voters. Washington politics thrive on slogans, not substance. The only way to destroy the "machine" driving us toward unfamiliar territory and away from the land of the free and home of the brave is to engage in the process. Yes, that means your vote counts. It means one single vote could change everything.
It never ceases to amaze one how political candidates treat people as if they are stupid in an election cycle. The masses are spoon-fed daily doses of attack ads and clever jargon that, when all is said and done, adds up to much ado about nothing. The latest victim is none other than a Sesame Street character - the all-too famous Big-Bird blunder uttered during the last debate when one candidate attempted to make a point around public funding and budgetary constraints.
It is so much easier to make a point about a beloved fictional character that is completely benign, rather than talk about unprecedented deficits, looming unemployment, the doom and gloom imposed by a healthcare system no one really understands and so on. Rather, to attack the real issues means to take a stand. It means saying what you think. It requires rhetoric and explanations. It requires a commitment. And, it most certainly means that there is going to have to be follow-through. But, no one in Washington does that anymore.
Instead we get fun slogans. We get promises tested by pollsters before they are professed. We get sound bytes or snippets. We, the people, get a less perfect union because the general welfare has been lost to greed, to pettiness, and to a total disregard for the welfare of the average American citizen.
There has never been a more important time in our history for people to take notice and hold those in Washington accountable. A very wise person once said, "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Decisions are made by those who show up. Tuesday, November 6th, we, the people, can change everything by simply casting a vote. Finally, it will be our turn to shout, "Yes, we can!".