Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Voting in Oregon

Even as late as yesterday afternoon Obama supporters were going door to door leaving brochures, reminding neighbors to vote. I know of two people in town who registered and voted for the first time in their lives. So, we are creating history right here in our corner of the world, selecting people to lead us into the next phase of our democratic future.

I heard once that we get the leaders we deserve, meaning those that we encouraged and supported all along. Anytime we choose to let others do the thinking for us, we abdicate our rights and responsibilities. How wonderful, in a democracy, we get a chance to rethink our positions every four years or so. We have power only if we exercise it. There are plenty of excuses. But there is only one reason: we vote to maintain a system of government that listens to everyone of us, rich or poor, young or old.

Let's all exercise our rights.

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