Friday, August 12, 2011

On My Soap Box!

We had an election in our county on Tuesday. As elections go there was not much to vote on, BUT it was still important. We were voting yes or no on continuing a sales tax. The sales tax provides funds for our county government. Voters only had to be there long enough to sign in and make two marks on the ballot.

One of my pet peeves is people who do not take time to GO VOTE! Or people who are not even registered to vote.

When I looked at the election results and the totals showed that less than 3,000 people voted in the entire county...six towns...two of the towns have at least 10,000 people in really ticked me off!

The people who do not vote are the ones who complain the loudest and the longest about how the elections turned out.

This election did not matter what political party affiliation the voters had on record. This election did not require a lot of study on qualifications of candidates or other issues. This election was just yes or you want to continue the sales tax or not. Pretty simple! GO VOTE!

Nuff said. I will get off my soap box now.

Just a little explanation for those of you who are not as antiquated as I am:
A soapbox is a raised platform on which a person stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. The term originates from the days when speakers would elevate themselves by standing on a wooden crate originally used for shipment of soap or other dry goods from a manufacturer to a retail store.

The term is also used metaphorically to describe a person engaging in unofficial public speaking, as in the phrases "She's on her soapbox", or "Get off your soapbox."  A modern form of the soapbox is a blog: a website on which thoughts are written for whomever reads the page.

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