Thank you for doing the hard work of registering voters. It is critical.
I’m over 60 years old (shhhh!) and want young people to know that even my baby boomer generation had our complaints. The Vietnam War was the main one. But I think it’s important to keep in mind that our system of government is the one that the rest of the world aspires to.
If you remember your American History (I LOVE HISTORY), the first battles of the American Revolution happened in 1775. It took eight years, until the Treaty with Britain was signed in 1783, to finally become free. It took another four years until our Constitution was agreed upon in 1787. Then another four years before the Bill of Rights (first 10 amendments) was ratified in 1791. So, from first fighting for our Independence in 1775 until the finalized Constitution and Bill of Rights took a total of 16 years.
In a voting analogy, 16 years is 4 Presidential elections, 8 Congressional elections (every 2 years) and some turnover in the Senate every 2 years (since terms are 6 years). Change takes a VERY LONG TIME. It took that long just to get our government & laws set up.
Be engaged in EVERY election! Bernie and Tim Kaine held local offices (mayor) before they moved up the ladder to national office, then candidates for the highest jobs in the land. Stay registered to vote, vote in EVERY PRIMARY, EVERY ELECTION, at the local, state and federal levels. Don’t just come back for the “Super Bowl” in 4 years…..stay engaged for the election in two years, in 2018. Governor Snyder is term limited and cannot run again. CHOOSE the next candidates in the primary. CHOOSE the next governor, local representatives and US Senate and Congressional representatives. Less than 40% of Michigan residents vote in “mid-term” elections. But CONGRESS is where the bills start. Mid-terms should not leave 60% of our voices unheard.
OK, off my soapbox.