An Exercise in Democracy

Today I finally completed the change of address on my voter registration card. I had been meaning to do it since I first moved to Miami Beach, but something always got in the way.  In hindsight, I was negligent; and every day that I was unable to exercise my right to vote, was a day that I was forfeiting my right to complain.

These days “the right to complain” is extremely necessary.  Especially for women.

Earlier today I stumbled across “The Life of Julia”, a new website created by the Obama campaign intended to illustrate how policies established by our leaders affect the life of women in every stage of life.

For the record, I am not an Obama-loving Democrat. But I am not a Republican either. I am a non-partisan someone who keeps up with the news and makes up her mind accordingly. These days though the evidence (and by “evidence” I speak of Republican introduced legislation, speeches, etc) shows that the Republican party has an extremely misogynist agenda and this worries me not only for myself, but for the next generation.

“Why extremists always focus on women remains a mystery to me. But they all seem to. It doesn‘t matter what country they’re in or what religion they claim. They all want to control women.”  -Hillary Clinton

So what does one do?
What CAN one do?

  1. Register to vote and make sure you are counted.
  2. Inform yourself on the issues. Partisanship alone never got anybody anywhere.
  3. VOTE.  If it turns out that once you did your homework you feel that Kim Kardashian better represents your interests (God help us), then fill in her name on the ballot.

…but whatever you do, don’t sit there and let people choose for you because by giving up your right to vote, you give up your right to complain.

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