Monday, May 30, 2011
Not voting and in Afghanistan for 9 Years ... by gimleteye
It is inconceivable to me that American soldiers, our children, have been fighting wars on three fronts -- Afghanistan for 9 years-- and that only 16 percent of Miami-Dade citizens voted in the recent mayoral election. Honestly: participating in our democratic process is the least we can offer those putting their lives on the line for the United States and our security. This Memorial Day, there is a lot I don't like about our current setup in South Florida and elsewhere. I don't like the traffic, the bad planning of communities to reward insiders, lobbyists and developers, I don't like the fact that Sarah Palin has an ounce of credibility within the continental United States, I don't like the national debt, and I don't like health insurance companies denying Americans an honest debate about how to protect our economy, I don't like Congress bought by political contributions, I don't like activist federal courts filled with appointees qualified by Karl Rove, and the entire set of circumstances that makes us the world's police. You may or may not agree with me on some or all of the above but think about this: your apathy about elections and their consequences profoundly disrespects Americans who sacrificed their lives in combat so that we could do, what? Not vote?