Don't Stop Participating Just Because You Voted!
It may be "the dawn of a new day," but the problems haven't been solved yet. Speak up still.
There must be some way to say this succinctly
If you voted by the final closing of all the polls on Election Day, November 6, 2012, you are to be congratulated on fulfilling your part in participatory democracy. Thanks.
If you were eligible, but for any reason failed to make your voice heard at the ballot box, it is not too late to make your voice heard. The same is equally true for those who voted for the winners, and those who voted for the losers.
Don't stop participating now. America needs you!
The problems which were discussed in Election 2012 didn't go away just because some Americans voted. The problems of the tax code, immigration, national security, unemployment, the national debt, terrorism, the Middle East, Syria, NATO, Afghanistan, Turkey, the badly needed US/Canada cooperation on the massive oil pipeline project, global warming, the nation's infrastructure of decaying roads/bridges/airports/schools/hospitals/electrical grid/nuclear waste/water systems/inner cities, our relations with Russia and China, the United Nations, and stalemate in Congress, none of these were solved just because voting ended.
As we learned who our new leaders are, and they begin the job they chose of tackling these problems, they need to continue to hear what they need to know to lead America in this part of the 21st Century. The time to help them know and understand is now. Later is too late.
If you were turned off by the massive spending on ads by bloated Super PACs, now is the time to say so. If old war horses getting a seventh term in the Senate disgusts you, now is still a good time to say so. If you want to see bipartisanship tackling all these problems, now is the time to say so. If you have feelings about our relations with Russia, China, the Middle East, the United Nations, Syria, NATO, Afghanistan, and the European Union, now is the time to continue making your voice heard.
Likewise, if you are fed up with the two party system, become an active voice for change. Join with like-minded individuals and groups and start fashioning the changes you see as necessary. Just as with voting, there is strength in numbers.
If you belong to one of the major parties, review your membership and work from the inside to strengthen its national role, outreach, and positions. Just as they needed your help in Election 2012, they need your participation going forward whether they won or lost this time around.
Perhaps focus on the issue which most affects you and your loved ones, or something you believe should have priority above other issues.
In this day and age with its ease of communications, your voice can be heard and needs to be.
You are not "just one person in one town or city of one state." You are an American, and don't let your new leaders forget it as the lobbyists and special interests crowd around them giving advice. Your advice, concerns, and needs, count, too.
But, only if you participate. Don't go away sulking because you feel your candidates lost; and don't curl up contented that "all is well" because your candidates won.
All is not well, and it can only get worse, if Americans stop letting their voices be heard.
Voting has always been important. Participating in the work of America is even more important.
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.
The votes are cast. The leaves are falling. It is time for Thanksgiving.
More by this Author
What is the price of terrorism? What is the best way to pay that price? Recent events have clarified the price of terrorism. Now the question is: how will we choose to pay it? Are there options?
Sometimes what is left out of a speech is more significant than what is included. There is some magic to political speeches along the idea of "now you see it, now you don't" political promises.
What defines a true leader? It isn't just charisma and sensing their power. It isn't just making us afraid so we are mobilized. It's being true, honest, fair, up front, and out front. This Haiku examines leadership.