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Don't Stop Participating Just Because You Voted!

Updated on November 7, 2012

It may be "the dawn of a new day," but the problems haven't been solved yet. Speak up still.

The dust is settling. The smoke is clearing.  The problems remain.
The dust is settling. The smoke is clearing. The problems remain. | Source

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.

The real beauty of America is its people.
The real beauty of America is its people. | Source


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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      mperrottet : Thanks for your comment and affirmation.

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      Margaret Perrottet 5 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

      I think now more than ever we as Americans need to take an active part in our democracy. You are so right - the problems haven't gone away, and no matter what our viewpoints are, we need to let them be known. Voted up, useful and awesome!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Michele Travis: It is easy to visualize that a Hub shared is one that might be voted up twice. Thanks for your delicious compliments.

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      Perspycacious this is a wonderful hub. Many people just vote and sit down. You are so right I can't even find the words to tell you how wonderful you are. Yes, we need to be involved in this world, not just by voting now and then. Thank you so much for writing this and spreading the word people need to know.

      I wish I could vote this up more then once.

      Thank you so much for writing this hub.

      God bless you.

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Marcia Ours : The photo was taken almost a year ago today in Utah County, Utah looking toward the Wasatch Mountains. It is one of my favorites, too.

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      Marcia Ours 5 years ago

      Very true! I love the picture at the end of your hub too!

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      Demas W Jasper 5 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      btrbell: One day left. We need to wind them up before Election 2012 winds down. May the best man win.

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      Randi Benlulu 5 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      All true and all important. So many of are "once in 4 years Americans" (in terms of politics, anyway) I must sayI loved the ending. So hopeful! thank you for this.