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Democracy is reliant on active voters

Published 12:00am Sunday, November 4, 2012

Just two days remain before the 2012 General Election. Regardless of your political affiliation, everyone should be able to agree that this is an election that is vitally important for the future of our county, our state and our nation.

By now many voters have election fatigue. They are simply worn out from being bombarded with non-stop political messages and campaign propaganda.

But each of us, as engaged citizens, must make the commitment to ensure this doesn’t dampen our spirit for our democracy.

It would be easy to simply say, “I have had enough. I am not going to vote this year.”

That is the worst mistake that citizens could make.

Apathy continues to be the most destructive force in our society. Far too many people simply do not care at all or at least don’t pay attention until it is too late to change things.

The bedrock of our great nation is a strong democracy that is driven by an informed electorate. We cannot become so disenchanted with the actions of a few or the minor flaws in our system that we do not participate.

So, Republican or Democrat, Independent or undecided, please use your voice on Tuesday to make a difference.

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  • deist

    Noesis, you are a prime example of what is wrong with the Republican Party, with all due respect. If you continue to follow this subtraction policy, the Republican Party will disappear. I do not wish either party to disappear, as tryanny is next. But all party’s should work to include, not exclude members. That is the differenc in the recent election. The Democrats hit the streets and talked TO people, and the Republican Party hit the airwaves and talked AT people. The results speak for themselves. Try adding people noesis, instead of continually trying to make the republican party an exclusive country club.

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  • mikehaney

    While thumbing to Lawco Lake from Park Ave. in Ironton with a buddy; we were picked up by a local/state politician. We were still both in high school.
    As I remember, this guy was very friendly(in a good way), shook our hands and talked to us all the way out 93.
    Introduced to politics early. Found out my dad didn’t like him and my uncle worked for him(surveyor).
    Also remember dad and another uncle arguing over politics.
    Started voting early, as soon as I was old enough. Even in college,absentee ballot,as an informed voter.

    Havn’t missed an election,even in the military.
    Have never thought not to vote. It was just something a person does.

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  • Noesis

    Yeah Mich, you’d be surprised at the number of democrats who thought Sarah Palin was Obama’s running mate. Additionally democrats were told of positions and policies of McCain but the interviewer told then they were Obama’s policies and they said they sounded like good ideas.

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  • mickakers

    Your comment “Apathy continues to be the most destructive force in our society.” My compliments. Also your mention of an “informed electorate”, I emphasize informed.

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