Tonight from the living room of a Tahoe lakefront home, I was reading and responding to several blog posts. Finally, I was inspired with the subject of my first blog. I was reminded that soon we will be voting again in this great country. The post I was reading was encouraging everyone to exercise their right to vote, remembering to do so on November 8th. I added a comment that... while remembering that voting in our free country is a privilege not afforded to people in every corner of the world, we must also recognize our solemn obligation and duty to educate ourselves about the issues that we cast our votes on. In mountain home communities like Truckee and Lake Tahoe, voting is one of the few significant ways we can influence our government. Consequently, we must understand what the real consequences to our votes are. We read about vote counting fraud in big cities, voter intimidation, dead people voting, the rigging of voting machines, people who don't understand the directions on their ballots, and so much more. Hopefully, it's safe to assume no one reading this post is in favor of these disturbing tactics. I watch the voting around the Lake Tahoe precincts and I know some of the poll workers. I can't imagine how any system of voting fraud or cheating could be pulled off in the little towns around Truckee and Lake Tahoe.
My question for those interested in responding is this: If I am really not educated about the issues on a ballot... If I am not educated about the qualifications or the policies of the candidates that are seeking office... (in other words if I am not being a responsible citizen)... Do you really want me to vote?