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Do You Know?

In Uncategorized on November 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm

I can’t help but think of Diana Ross: “Do you know where you’re going to? Do you like the things that life is showing you? Where are you going to? Do you know?” Hopefully, on this November 8, Mississippians will ask these very questions as they enter the polls. Consider me prisoner of the moment (and young), but this statewide election has to be one of the most important and greatly anticipated ones in the past 30 years or so. Will Mississippi elect its first African American as governor? Will Mississippi Democrats take the Senate, as one of my dear friends predicts? Will Mississippians vote in support of several controversial initiatives–26, 27, and 31?

What is important is this: there is entirely too much at stake for voters to “sit this one out” or to casually say that “politics is not for me” or to believe that “my vote truly does not count.” Just today, I had a very interesting conversation with an elected official who said that somewhere down the line, people lost sight of exactly how powerful and important their voice truly is. This official continued to say that people must understand and exercise “the power they bring” through electoral participation.

And so, if you are not happy with the direction the state is going: vote.
If you are in support of the direction Mississippi is heading: vote.
If you believe that life begins at fertilization or cloning or the equivalent thereof: vote.
If you do not believe that life begins at fertilization: vote.
If you believe that as a means to reduce voter fraud, individuals should be required to show voter-identification: vote.
If you believe that eminent domain should be restricted and limited: vote.

A simple four letter word, the four letter word that truly ain’t so dirty, yet packs a mighty punch. Do not let this opportunity pass you by: Diana Ross’ inquiries are spot on–don’t let this opportunity pass you by. Certainly we can follow the example of the late boxing great Smokin’ Joe Frazier, to which Richard Goldstein adequately captures Frazier’s spirit: “He was essentially a man devoted to a brutal craft, willing to give countless hours to his spartan training…” We should be as committed to the craft of electoral/voter education and exercise of that power and authority just as Smokin’ Joe was to the sweet science.

“Do you get what you’re hoping for? When you look behind you there’s no open door, what are you hoping for? Do you know?”