Tuesday, November 2, 2010


I had a doctor appointment this morning.  The waiting room is poorly designed, because sitting in a certain area allows a patient to hear everything said at the reception desk.  Sitting there for more than 30 minutes, I heard people spell their last name, confirm their addresses and  phone numbers, give insurance information…  It was a little creepy.  I certainly didn’t need to hear all of that and I suspect someone is going to abuse that information if they haven’t already.

At one point, the two receptionists had a break and started chatting.  One shared with the other that she would probably not vote today.  She didn’t see the point.  “One candidate is just as crooked as the other, so I usually don’t bother with these elections.  I’ll vote for the next president.”


Do they realize people died so that they could have the right - the privilege - to vote? Do they realize the power of numbers?  That the vote they consider worthless, when put together with other votes, speaks volumes on all levels of government?  They are so passive, that they don't care what happens in the country they live in?  In their community?  How many Americans have become that lazy?

If you don't vote in every election, never ever complain to me about the leadership of your town, your county, your state or your country - because you never spoke up when it counted.

I hope you voted today.  If you didn't - please do so next time.  And think about what it's like to live in a country where you can't.

(Unless, of course, you were going to vote for Bill Brady for Illinois governor.  Then I thank you for staying home.)


  1. I was THRILLED to get to vote today, even though I wasn't thrilled with the candidates on either side. Mom even voted today and she had the plague like flu bug we've had for the last 10 days. I even drove the hour to take her and kept a bowl in the car in case she needed it. Voting is everything. It makes all the difference. And they may mostly be crooks...that is why I tend to vote on the issues that are most important to me. And that is why I did vote for the man you'd rather I'd have stay home than vote for. But that's a whole 'nother Oprah.

  2. Good for you!!! It does my heart good to hear someone who values it the way it should be! Kudos to Mom. She's a trooper.
    And believe me - I'm no big fan or Quinn, but like you said - the Brady debate is for another time!