I need some help.
Elections are about three weeks away, and I haven’t decided whether or not I should vote. I just moved to this area a few months ago and I don’t know much about local politics, but I am familiar with the U.S. congressman from this area, and I’m not impressed with him.
I spent three years in Washington, D.C. working in politics and advocacy. My work there made me painfully aware of how U.S. policies affect the rest of the world. I’ve had numerous people tell me, in countries ranging from Vietnam to Colombia, that while they had no say in how the United States government functioned, I did, and would I please go back and talk with lawmakers and tell them about the havoc being wreaked around the globe? I tried.
I left my job increasingly convinced, though, that real transformation will never come through worldly structures. I have friends who agree with me, and try to dissuade others from voting, feeling that Americans put too much faith in the government to make things better.
When I worked in D.C., I tried to encourage people to be politically involved. I told them that one vote—or one passionate advocate—can make a difference. But I also try to take seriously the arguments of people like John Roth.
Are you planning to participate in the upcoming election? Why or why not? Should I? Here’s your chance to weigh in. Vote early and often.