One of my favorite quotes from my long ago, very quotable, co-worker Ernestine was, “I just want to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem!”
Applying that to our society’s well-being, I would say that the way to be part of the solution is to vote.
You know when they talk about the “grass-roots” in politics? That’s me. Just one of the “roots” so far down on the plant that it can’t be seen with the naked eye, just a tiny part of the giant “root system” which is needed to keep the “turf” (good government) alive and well.
Apathy among us “grass-rooters” (voters) is bad. Sparse roots mean that the “turf” isn’t thick enough to keep out the “weeds”.
And because each of us tiny little “roots” can’t keep the turf healthy all by ourselves, we need to vote not only thinking about what is best for us as individuals but also for what is best for “the whole lawn” (our country)!
I believe overall the new health care bill is a “blight on our lawn” because it makes promises that will either go unfulfilled or, if fulfilled as promised, will bankrupt not only our health care system but our country.
How did the people in Washington who represent you vote yesterday? If they voted the way you agree with — let them know! Give them support and encouragement! We all need and appreciate that. And if you do feel they are doing a good job, also give them the support they need by voting for them next time.
But if you don’t feel they listened to you and they didn’t vote the way you think is best, don’t vote for them next time. Look for a candidate you can vote for whom you believe will sincerely listen to the people they represent and then vote accordingly. And encourage them to vote with the best interest of the entire country at heart (which, of course, is ultimately best for you too), not just good for their own little chunk of sod.
Our right to vote is what makes this a democracy. And our democracy isn’t perfect, but if you look around the world at the alternatives — I don’t think you’ll see anything better.
One final point to ponder regarding our health care system being run by the federal government: Name one service that the federal government runs that thrives. If you are thinking of one you think fits the description, look closer. Because there are none.
Please, vote every chance you get, from one little “root” to another. Be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Well, all. My lovely daughter, DD, has pointed out to me that she doesn’t think I mean exactly what I said here, because we really don’t believe in big government — but I guess this does sound like I do! So, read between the lines — what I mean instead of what I say. I will always VOTE — but with smaller, less intrusive government as a goal.
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