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Roses are Pink, Money is Green
Vote in a Blink, Nothing Glean
I voted today, so what? The candidate, Governor Walker, who outspent the candidate, Mayor Barrett. by 27 million dollars won the recall election. This is no surprise since the candidate with the most money wins about 94% of the time win but with this much money difference the percent is probably even higher.
I voted because my wife, family and friends said it was important. I did not think so but voted anyway since walking to the nearby school and voting is easy. Voting is what, some say on sides of the whole political spectrum, our soldiers died for. Even in his concession speech the Mayor said that voting is what democracy is all about.
I have red, white and pink roses growing in my home gardens. The pink rose bush in front of the house is the most beautiful one of all in my eyes at the present. It is in full bloom. Rose bushes bloom due to good stock, good soil, the right weather and lots of personal care. The most expensive rose bush is not always the winner of the one with the most beautiful roses.
In a real democracy people would not vote based on who has the most TV ads, the most money and can say the most negative things about his or her competition.
In absence of real democracy we need to grow democracy like we grow roses. We need to vote with our feet, our protest of injustice, nonviolent actions on behalf of the right thing. We cannot settle for a vote of the “least objectionable candidate” usually one of only two.
In the last week our present President ordered drone strikes on Pakistan killing some terrorist on his ‘kill list’ and a number of civilians. Yet many will vote for him this fall because he is the least objectionable candidate. I think he will win since it looks like he will have the most money.
I got more satisfaction today taking a picture of our pink rose bush than I did voting. I would love to vote if we had a real democracy but until then I think I will be content to take care of my pink rose bush and let the voting to others.