Elections: How Do You Decide?

Every election, I pull out my ballot and fill in the circle next to the name of a person or next to a Yes or No on some issue.

These are HUGE decisions!

But honestly, I usually didn’t give those decisions the time and energy they deserved.

Whose name did I remember from signs around town? Which propositions seemed appropriate? Didn’t I see a commercial or a letter about that? Did my party support it?

We vote people into office to made decisions for us. If they think it’s good – maybe it is.

Or maybe we voted the wrong people into office.

I listened today to interviews of certain candidates running for local office. One says a lot of right things – he is well rehearsed and seems knowledgeable. The other says good things too, but he doesn’t seem to have as much support.

So it would make sense to vote for the first guy right?

But how do you know the smoothe talkin, educated, experienced candidate isn’t just a good actor?

We’ve seen it enough – people sweet talk us during campaign season, they do everything right, they say everything we want to hear – then they take their oath and everything they said during campaign season goes out the window.

If you vote the way I used to – name recognition, and what sounds good – please shift gears this years.

Do your homework. If one person sounds too good to be true, maybe find out why the other candidate is so passionate about running against him.

Read the details of the propositions. Don’t just read the pro and con blurbs – I mean really get into the details.

And if you have questions – ask. If you don’t know someone to ask – reach out to me. I may not always have the answers and I’ll never tell you how to vote – but I’ll certainly tell you why I’m voting the way I am.

Author: Shawn

"The burden of suffering seems a tombstone hung about our necks, while in reality it is only a weight which is necessary to keep down the diver while he is hunting for pearls" Jean Paul Richter

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