Sunday, November 02, 2008

Election, behavior of your neighbors.

Dear Reader:
I live in one of the best cities in America. Chicago, Illinois is a diverse, midwestern city that offers a "down home" feel in a big city atmosphere. It offers anything that you want or need. There are great parks, the lakefront, cultural events... just everything that makes a city great.  Chicago has long been known as the Windy City, but it is also known as a city of neighborhoods.  Neighborhoods are sometimes close knit, with neighbors being bound by ethnicity or socio-economic status. I give this description of the city as an introduction to something that I read in the Chicago Tribune today.  Below is a verbatim transcript of what I read:

"Shirley Nagel passed out candy Friday, but only to those who shared her support for Republican presidential candidate John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin.  When asked about the children who were turned away empty-handed and crying, she said: "Oh well. Everybody has a choice."

Ok- ridiculous. Ridiculous for many reasons, one of which is children cannot vote.  Also, using these strong armed tactics against children will probably not change their parents' minds. This lady is insane, and this is just one act of many of an overreaching political hand this season.  It is one thing to post the reasons that you disagree with a candidate, the reasons you are voting for a candidate, even the reasons why you think that one candidate is remarkably better than the other; but to penalize small children for their stance on an election where they have no say??? That is crazy. 
Shirley is half right... everyone (age 18 and over) has a choice, and her behavior, as well as the behavior of the racists; the people who are voting based on what their friends think; the person voting but does not know anything about the candidates; the nonvoters; the complainers, etc.- All these people should make you want to get out on Tuesday and make sure that your vote is counted.  I sincerely don't care who you vote for. If Ralph Nader speaks to your wants and needs, then get out there and cast a ballot for Nader.  If John McCain represents what you want in a candidate- vote for him. If Barack speaks to your needs, vote for him.  Educate yourself on the people running, pick whoever you feel comfortable with. My only plea is that you vote!!  Get out there and let these politicians know that we, as the American public, care about the state of our country. Let them know that we realize that WE determine what happens to our country and that THEY have a job because of US. 
Realize the power that you have and make the politicians respect you. No matter who you choose, VOTE!


Anonymous said...

Interesting that a Chicago democrat is accusing others of strong-arm tactics.

Miss Mox said...

Interesting that a smart ass would not have enough balls to leave his name when leaving a comment like that.

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