A Good Turn-out?

Nor' east Thinkin'

What follows the mid-term election will be crucial to America's future

Published on: November 1, 2010

Sunday's newspaper headline read: "Good Turn-out Expected." The story was about voters turning out at the polls – no, not about "turning out" incumbent politicians.

The article reported that 40% of eligible voters are expected at tomorrow's polling sites. I certainly hope you are one those 40 in 100 persons. That means you'll have more say in the future direction of American and even local government than the other 60 persons.

My barber, a youngish man, has never voted. "I don't mess with political stuff," was his excuse. But it isn't just "political stuff". It is a citizen's obligation to choose the best persons to guide the future of local, state and federal government.

I count myself as being fortunate enough to go to the polls. So many are so busty just trying to keep their financial heads above water that they don't or can't pay attention to the very political issues that pulling them deeper into that water.

If our schools don't ingrain the importance of it in our children, then we as parents must. Otherwise, we'll get every bit of government that we deserve.

Relief may not be near

While the political ads will cease and the media will have to find other skullduggery to report on, what concerns me most is the contemptuous political attitude of the man who sits in the office of the president of the United States.

Unless I'm missing something, he's supposed to be the president of all U.S. citizens – not just one party. After all, his paycheck comes from all of us.

He really needs to be taken to the wood shed for his disdainful, disrespectful attitude toward those who don't agree with him. As president, his job is to preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the United States – something far larger than any political party.

A country can not be united under divisive leadership. The job is bigger than the man. Even so, it's time for him to "man up" to it.

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