Tuesday, October 28, 2014


Unless you've completely tuned out the outside world, you know that this coming Tuesday, November 4, is an election day.  Here in North Carolina, it's a big one, with a Senate seat, seats in the House, seats in the state legislature, and a lot of judicial seats up for grabs.  Money from outside NC has been flooding into our state in an attempt to sway the election.  Ads are everywhere.

As anyone who has read this blog for long knows, I am a political liberal.  I think the current North Carolina legislature has behaved abominably and done a great deal of damage to our state.  I fear the stupid behavior and slowdowns that will come if the Republicans end up controlling both houses of the U.S. Congress.

If you agree with me, get out and vote, and help the Democrats retain control of the U.S. Senate and gain some more control within this state (or wherever you live).

Even if you don't agree with me, though, I urge you to vote your beliefs.  A lot of people over a lot of years have sacrificed everything they had to keep our country as free as it is today, and the right to vote is one of the greatest of those freedoms.  I know many people feel their votes won't matter, but election after election we encounter races so close that every vote was important. 

If an overwhelming majority of my fellow citizens vote against my positions, then I'll have to live with that or move to another country--and I don't plan on moving.  If I'm going to lose, I'd like it to be because my fellow citizens clearly spoke. 

Next Tuesday is going to be a particularly insane day for me, so I voted early.  The process was easy, the experience pleasant.  If you don't want to fight the crowds on Tuesday, vote early.  If you like being among a big group of other voters--something I do sometimes enjoy--maybe wait for next Tuesday.  Either is fine. 

Just vote. 


Rosanne said...

I do hope the election will change things for the better for folks in NC. I hope it works out better for people overall when the senate races are tallied. It's as if the country has been going backwards instead of forwards in a lot of ways. At least the country is moving forward in the case of marriage equality. Women's and worker's rights...not so much.

Mark said...

I share that hope...and your concerns.

Michelle said...

I feel very lucky that in our state, we have a long standing powerful democratic senator and a crazy, passionate liberal senator that we all adore. NC has a job to do and I hope the voters do it. But, it could be worse. Look what Florida has to deal with. An election with a standing Governor that appears no one likes and a former governor that shops for political parties like a he's looking for a new pair of shoes. They are screwed with either one.

Mark said...

I agree that both NC and Florida are messes when it comes to politics.

Lisa said...

I will be traveling on election day; I was home exactly one day of early voting, and I got my butt out and voted. If Tillis beats Hagen, I will start seriously considering moving out of NC - I've been considering moving out of the US for a while now, but that's more complicated.

Mark said...

I'm glad you voted. I very much hope Tillis doesn't win, but in any case, I also hope you don't move.

Anonymous said...

I hate when people say they'll move if "X" candidate wins. People on both sides of the aisle say it, none of them would really do it, and it's just a dopey, tiresome thing to threaten. Please, go ahead and move. Yawn.


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