Walk, talk, vote
By Bradley Whitford, Actor and activist
Let’s walk and talk.
I was lucky enough to spend seven years — almost two terms — playing Josh Lyman on The West Wing. We left our White House more than a decade ago — but as I look around today, one of the show’s big ideas still jumps out at me: It’s a world where every political issue, no matter how complex, is seen in terms of the lives it affects. (Believe me, it didn’t seem so crazy at the time.)
Every single character in our “administration” — from President Bartlet to Josh to C.J. to, yes, even Toby — cared deeply about the people they represented.
That’s not something that should be confined to a fictional White House.
Our elected officials should answer only to us. Not just on Election Day, or at certain moments … but in every decision they make. Because in a good democracy, whether it’s in real life or on a TV show, the power of the people is stronger than that of lobbyists and special interests.
That’s because at the end of the day, we’re the only ones with the right to vote.
It’s the most powerful tool we have as citizens — and today, on National Voter Registration Day, I’m asking you to work with OFA and help give people an easy way to get registered.
This isn’t just about showing up to the polling place one morning in 2018 or even 2020. It’s about doing our job as citizens every single day — being informed, engaged, and ready to make a difference, and making sure our friends and family are, too.
That’s how we’ll build a fair democracy — one where power doesn’t lie with lobbyists in Washington, but with people who care about the issues that affect our lives.
And that’s how we’ll deliver real, lasting change.
If you’re ready to get to work, let OFA know:
Originally published at www.ofa.us.