Why are you afraid?
Posted December 3, 2009on:
First, if you haven’t read this post, you need to in order to understand where I’m coming from.
Done? Okay, so to recap: we (“the electorate”) regularly vote in and have the opportunity to vote out governments. In order to get our votes, politicians campaign and make promises and threats. More recently, there have been a lot of threats.
This, incidentally, is why President Obama was so successful – he told people what he was going to do and inspired hope rather than fear.
Also in the post linked above I asked you who should be afraid of whom.
What if I told you that it’s the politicians that should be afraid of us? After all, we have the power to vote them in and out.* But that would require voting. In the last election, somewhere around 50% voted. Maybe a little more, maybe a little less.
And by not voting, you are allowing fear to rule you – fear that you’re going to change the status quo.
So the next time there’s an opportunity to vote, think about why you’re not voting. Is it really apathy? Is it really a feeling that you can’t change anything?
Or has fear-mongering gotten the better of you and made you somewhat of a coward?
I’d encourage you to make your representatives accountable – demand service from there. Remember, they’re paid to serve you. Keep bugging them. Demand their help. Show them who’s in charge.
*Okay, so the system is a bit skewed in Canada due to the first past the post system, but the general principle applies.
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