This is a Call to Action. I entreat you, reach out and lend an ear to the movements and daily actions of those whom you have and are to vote for, see for your own eyes if they represent your values and ideas, or those listed in the Constitution of the United States. Show up at these public hearings, meetings, or councils and witness the utter and complete incompetence, as I have. You have to see, to know and understand the depth of this problem I am calling attention to. I have met a water board President, who couldn’t tell me and or didn’t know the Environmental Protection Agency’s safety level for lead contamination in drinking water. I have encountered a library board President who had never heard of the Library Bill of Rights, or the American Library Association. I have seen judges and courts ignore their own sanctioned Policies to limit the rights of citizens, merely because they had to cover for one of the officials they appointed. Almost every time I have attended a board or counsel meeting, I have seen or heard arguments for or in favor of limiting public access to government services, the very things our tax dollars fund. These elected officials forgot, or never initially understood, that it is their first duty to protect the individual’s right to public services, and to indeed help us gain access to these resources. It has become far too often that I have seen the opposite. I call on you now, to see and bear witness to the same. Then I call on you to VOTE for those who would act in line with standards you care about. Bear true witness to these things, and hold elected or appointed officials accountable for their shortcomings. Governments’ failure to act, is merely our failure to oversee their actions as voters. Politicians are re-elected most of the time, so either We don’t know or We don’t care. Regardless, We have only ourselves to blame. That said every passing moment is an opportunity to turn it all around. Help me, help us, to elect a government responsive to the needs of it’s citizenry. Let’s re-make government what it was intended to be, a State not of competitors, but teammates, intended to help and look out for one another. We are a Community, and when We act together there is nothing We can’t achieve. It is only when We act as individuals, that We separate ourselves from the communal goods and services that We’ve already paid for through taxes. We are that more perfect Union, or We are merely individuals acting as competitors stuck in the State of Nature, where the one with the strongest arm and biggest stick, makes all the rules. We Left that State, in order to form this more Perfect Union. American Democracy may very well be the best of what Government has to offer, but today that’s like being valedictorian of summer school. Our inaction, inattention, and general unawareness and ignorance has given us our government induced problems. As a Democracy, We get the government we deserve.
Today, our best is just not good enough. Yet, all that is needed is that those who vote, to do so in an informed manner. With that, I ask you to now, to Vote Smart, or don't at all. Know not just the names of those who you would vote for, or what party they represent, but be able to boast of the actual votes they’ve made in line with your own beliefs. Stop voting for incumbents who haven’t done their job, and don’t represent you or your stances.