Anyone with a working set of eyes or ears knows the 2020 election is going to be a knock-down, drag-out humdinger of epic proportion.
It’s going to make the 2016 contest look like your granddaughter’s dance recital.
The only scenario that might come close in potential volatility is the next time Popeye’s runs out of chicken sandwiches.
We tsk-tsk and pretend to be aghast at the negativity and back-biting that accompanies campaigns, but we have become a nation of drama addicts.
In truth, we’re only offended when the rhetorical bombs are being lobbed at candidates we like. No one ever thinks the candidate they support might be part of the problem.
The danger in all of this is it gives people a handy excuse not to vote in the elections in their own communities, which we must concede are decidedly less entertaining than the Three Stooges pie-throwing re-enactment we are witnessing from Washington.
Those sitting on the sidelines fail to connect the dots between local elections and their everyday lives.
This is always a mistake, because local elections have far more impact, far more consequences, than any national contest.
When you skip local elections, you cede your power to others who might not share your interests, values and concerns.
A lot of people woke up this morning with new jobs and new power in hand, courtesy of Tuesday’s election. Some won because they were able to convince voters they were the better person for the job. Others won - let’s face it - by abdication because the majority of people who could have voted didn’t.
But guess what? The winners don’t care how they won. They’re the ones who will be determining your fees, your fines, your property taxes.
Donald Trump isn’t going to be at your next township trustees meeting. It’s the nuts-and-bolts, unsexy, local-yokel government decisions that will most affect your life. They get to decide which streets get repaved and what your fire department can do without.
Bernie has bigger fish to fry than your school board meeting. The people just elected to the board, however, will be there, deciding what gets taught and who’s going to teach it.
When local elections proceed without our involvement, it doesn’t matter what complaints we make around the kitchen table.
In a democratic form of government, when you don’t use your power, it sends a message to people who are only too happy to press ahead with the assumption that your silence is consent to whatever they set their hands to do.
You cool with that?
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