Editorial: Speak up!

If you don’t know the sig­ni­fic­ance of next Tues­day, you’re prob­ably the kind of per­son who whines about gov­ern­ment but rarely or nev­er both­ers to vote. If so, shame on you. Shame, shame, shame on you.
There’s a host of im­port­ant de­cisions to be made in the primary elec­tion. It’s time to se­lect can­did­ates for pres­id­ent, the U.S. House and Sen­ate, the state le­gis­lature, at­tor­ney gen­er­al, aud­it­or gen­er­al and treas­urer, and wheth­er you like it or not, some of those men and wo­men are go­ing to re­tain or win their po­s­i­tions of pub­lic trust. There­fore, it’s up to you to know who they are and what they stand for and then give them an ear­ful.
Sadly, some of the state rep­res­ent­at­ives and sen­at­ors up for re-elec­tion this year have no op­pos­i­tion what­so­ever — no op­pon­ents in Tues­day’s primary nor the Nov. 6 gen­er­al elec­tion. In a free and demo­crat­ic so­ci­ety, that is pathet­ic.
Re­mem­ber, an act­ive, in­formed, mo­tiv­ated elect­or­ate is many a politi­cian’s worst en­emy. Cit­izens who ex­er­cise their right to vote every elec­tion day are help­ing to hold elec­ted of­fi­cials ac­count­able for their ac­tions — or, too of­ten, their in­ac­tions — and in so do­ing, they demon­strate a sense of self-re­spect and a de­sire to do their part to con­trol their own des­tiny. Yes, gentle read­ers, the politi­cians listen to the people, but only if the people speak up.
If you sit on your hands on Tues­day think­ing that your vote doesn’t count and that the politi­cians will do what they want any­way, you de­serve the con­sequences. People who don’t vote are es­sen­tially in­vit­ing politi­cians to give them the shaft.
Even if you think elec­tions force you to pick the less­er of two evils, or the least of all evils, go to the polls any­way. Be­cause in a demo­cracy, si­lence is nev­er golden.
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