A Word Further About Voting


Today is the first day of November, 2020.  In our country, we near the date of a recurring civic duty.  This year the event occurs on Tuesday, November 3rd.  On that day we will choose the next step on our path.  We will decide which things we do or don’t want done; and who will oversee the process.   We have also reached a culmination of energy and resources; we have invested this year.  As some of us have tried to win the rest of us to their cause.  But whether any one of us actually votes or not; we are all affected by the approaching election.

That’s because it’s important to the people around us; and what they do affects us.  So the choices we make during each election cycle, influences directly or indirectly, the paths of other people’s lives.  Because we act on our feelings and choices.  And react to how our actions are perceived.  This is true before a vote occurs, as well as after; regardless of what is being voted on.  As different things are important to some of us.  Different issues carry different levels of concern for others of us.  More often than not, we each think that we are right.

So the mere debate over issues generates a variety of responses and actions.  For some of us it is a social event; an opportunity to declare shared values with those who see things as we do.  As well as a chance to convince others that our goals are worthy.  Some of us see an opportunity to display and advance causes we believe are of public merit or interest.  While some of us use the discussion to outline overall policy for society’s benefit. Some of us, of course, use it to make a great deal of money.

Then there are those of us who use the debate to spread disinformation, fear, confusion and lies; to further our interests.  As we have concluded “it’s just the smart thing to do.”  Since it is often an effective tactic for achieving short term goals.  Which means whether we opt to vote or not; we must interact with the society around us.  With all the competing and conflicting forces that go  with it.  Whether it is an attempt to block our votes or buy them.  All to control the outcome of an election.  And thereby gain control over agendas, priorities, resources.  As well as control over others people’s lives, health, and futures.

From our perspective voting is a civic duty, a moral obligation, and right of citizenship.  It is also a chance to express our feelings and wishes for the nature and direction of our society.  Plus have an opportunity to affect and help direct resources; which we could not do otherwise.  If you are able to vote; and haven’t yet, then we urge you to do so.  Because election day is at hand the number of options for voting are diminishing.  Find more information on voting in the November 3rd election of 2020; at:  BetterKnowABallot.com.

We have used it and believe this site will provide valuable information on voting in each state.  The find more of our posts, go to our Reading Library.

Respectfully Yours,

J.A. Stubbs, Editor-In-Chief

Forgotten Lore Publishing, llc

A Word More About Voting



In the previous post we referenced reasons why some citizens who are eligible to vote, nevertheless do not.  Whether we don’t value the process or just don’t understand it.  Thus whether by design or disinterest, when we don’t vote; we don’t add our voice to help express the will of our society.  In this country we are not required to vote if we don’t want to.  But as eligible voters we are free to make that choice.  Even though as citizens we have a societal responsibility to participate in our representative government.

Still it’s up to each of us to decide how we want to express our voice. Either by the way we vote or the fact that we don’t.  This is our right; as long as we are able to make the choice freely.  However, some of us are not content to stop there.  We want to control events in the world around us  so strongly, that we want only our voice heard.  Then we are motivated to amplify the power of our vote by suppressing the vote of others.  In an attempt to steer the society and it’s resources to our personal benefit.  So that society work to reach our goals instead of an agenda which benefits the community, at large.

When we follow that path, we create obstacles to free and fair elections.  We look for methods to select like-minded people and give them easy access to the electoral process.  At the same time we contrive  and construct means to bar people whose choices and voices differ from our own.  We do this by creating hurdles in the registration process.  Such as literacy tests.  Or fees to register.  Or by limiting days and places where registration can take place.  We challenge a voter’s signature, identification, or residency.  Or limit the number of polling places; in areas where we don’t want votes counted.  Even fail to print enough ballots in those same areas.

Of course we have other tactics to suppress citizens ability and opportunity to vote.  We provide misinformation about the electoral process to the people we don’t want to vote.  Or slander people we don’t want to receive votes.  Steal ballots or destroy them  We will even intimidate, or outright threaten, groups of the electorate.  In an effort to scare away unwanted voters.  Each vote we suppress improves our chances for imposing our goals and will on society.  If we can effectively negate enough opposing voices, then they will never be heard.  So their needs will receive no consideration, and will go unaddressed.

When we pursue these courses of action, we fail to acknowledge the rights; and the humanity of our fellow citizen’s.  This is short-sighted because all people are equal in their desire for justice.  And when people can not get justice or receive consideration, their survival is at risk.  We understand that all life fights to survive.  So it is no surprise when people rebel against attacks on their perceived well-being.  Further it is unrealistic to expect anyone to accept this suppression willingly.  So when some of us deny others of us our civil right to vote; conflict will follow.

This leads to citizens in conflict with each other; and that strife undercuts our society’s effectiveness.  Because we use time, resources, and energy to fight among ourselves; rather than to improve our collective condition.  So groups of people, and the community at large suffer, while much of our capability is wasted.  Which weakens society and makes our country more vulnerable to outside aggression.  For when we try to manipulate members of our society to get what we want; we create more general distrust in our communities.  It also creates opportunities for forces outside our country to manipulate us.

If we want a society that honors, and lives up to its stated ideals; we must temper our desire to control every factor of our lives.  Plus realize and accept that one person’s desire for this control is as strong as the need of others to do the same.  Thus our best chance to balance these drives in a society is to give each citizen a level opportunity to voice their wishes.  Then we may find a compromise, or course of action which benefits the most people.  And causes the fewest negative outcomes for the rest of us.

One straightforward way to do that is by voting.  By letting your voice be heard and your choice be known.  To aid this objective, we repeat the advice we gave in our last post.  If you want more information on how to vote in the November 3rd election of 2020; and you are a U.S. citizen, we suggest the link BetterKnowABallot.com.  We have used it and believe this site will provide valuable information on voting in each state.  Because our vote is a right of citizenship.  It is also a responsibility of citizenship.  As we each have a voice, a point of view to share; and a chance to express it.  Please don’t miss the opportunity.  Learn how and where to vote.  Then do so as early as you can.

You can find more posts in our Reading Library.

Respectfully Yours,

J. A. Stubbs, Editor-In-Chief

Forgotten Lore Publishing, llc.