As We Approach Election Day…

Regardless of your political views, participating in the voting process in any election period is and always should be considered important and serious business. We need to take voting and the voting process personally because the results of an election may on some personal level, affect each of us either directly or indirectly.

It has never been my style as a member of the electorate and certainly not as a non-candidate for political office, to ever tell other members of the electorate/other non-candidates whom or what to vote for or against. (I simply think that sort of thing is tacky.) However, there can be negative consequences when one either refuses or does not exercise his or her given right or privilege to vote. Voting in an election – which is a very simple yet silent exercise of free speech, is one of the American freedoms which no eligible and registered-to-vote citizen of the United States ever ought to take for granted.

With all of us having been bombarded with a shitload of political ads over the past six months or so (with many of them consisting of downright deceptions, lies, half-truths or exaggerations), I don’t see anything wrong with posting a little lite humor as Election Day 2018 approaches. This photo/meme I found on the web gave me a chuckle. I thought it reflected one humorous example – although a bit biased, of the negative consequences of not voting.

MEME_Humor (voting)I’m sure you already know and perhaps may have experienced a number of others.

Unless you’ve already voted early or voted absentee, I hope to see you at the polls Tuesday, November 6, 2018.

– RobFather X

Your Year-Long Political Homework “Assignment” Is Due!

I have blogged about citizen apathy, voter participation, political campaign noise and even about the voting eligibility of ex-offenders here and made comments of the same on Funnybook. Here’s my final word on these subjects:

READERS: It is NOT so much about which political party and/or candidate(s) a person supports. It is more about being an American – that is, one who considers him or herself a true CITIZEN of this country, the United States of America; one who gives a damn about what happens here; and one who backs up his/her words or rhetoric with the power of the VOTE.

Too many people from ALL ethnic groups and gender in the history of this great country have sacrificed time and lives to ensure that the RIGHT TO VOTE remains alive and strong and with the PEOPLE in America just so that those in elected to power to govern or make laws do not run amok over the governed.  WE, THE PEOPLE, ARE THE ELECTORATE; WE ARE THE TRUE CHECKS AND BALANCES OF OUR GOVERNMENT!

I’ve been to countries where the right to vote and/or self-govern is greatly suppressed or is non-existent! Believe me: once you’ve enjoyed freedom all of your life, you never, ever want to live in a country where one’s freedom is defined and/or dictated. This statement is aimed at those apathetic citizens who don’t believe in participating in the political/electoral process of this country and who would attempt to influence others to follow their twisted line of thinking. Forget what the apathetic citizens have to say or what their reasons are.  It’s their choice not to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Respect that of them and move on. Everyone else: think and decide for yourself, especially those of you who are eligible to vote and who will be voting for the first time!

Everyone should have done their political “homework” by now. Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 6, 2012,you get to present the results of your year-long research and decisions in the voting booth. Get up, get out the house or off the job and GO VOTE for your candidates…AND the proposals/referendums of YOUR choice!

Keepin’ It…REAL!

Ex-Offenders ARE Eligible to Vote (in all but 2 U.S. States)

“Can someone convicted of a felony register and vote? Can a person confined in jail or prison register and vote?

These are two very valid questions regarding the rights of ex-offenders!  As most people know, the right to vote in the United States is a very important one.  It is a right which should never be taken lightly or taken for granted by ANY legal citizen of this country, especially if people have fought and lobbied to ensure that such rights are restored to ex-offender citizens upon their release. Yet many ex-offenders living in various parts of America unfortunately are unaware or unsure whether or not they can register to vote in their respective state!

An offender is told so much bullshit while serving his or her time behind bars. The longer the time served, the more bullshit that is fed. They are fed even more bullshit right before and upon their release; so much so that often it is very difficult to discern truth from fiction. I can understand certain things like “eligibility to vote” not being heard during an inmate’s out-processing or if he/she did hear it, then such information slipping the mind. Registering to vote is normally not at the top of ANY ex-offender’s list of priorities upon release (if ever)!  For the ex-offender, that list includes (in no particular order): housing, clothing, medical needs, cash in the pocket, meeting parole or probation obligations and much more. Just the same though, the probation or parole officer should give voting eligibility information to his client anyway, particularly during an election year. Family and friends ought to do the same. And for that matter, even before a felon is released, I think those “jailhouse lawyers” should have done it, too!  Re-involvement in the learning of and the decision-making actions of social and political issues is a healthy process of any ex-offenders reintegration into general society. Now, of course, there are ex-offenders who are very much aware of their voting eligibility. However, in my opinion, that awareness is only as good as their willingness to exercise their restored voting rights… meaning, that ex-offender has registered to vote and IS actively participating  in the election process.

Here in Michigan, ex-offenders CAN and SHOULD register to vote and, upon doing that, ex-offenders CAN and SHOULD vote! If you are an Michigan ex-offender, if you are awaiting arraignment or trial, OR you know someone who is, PLEASE READ THIS taken directly from the Michigan Secretary of State’s website. Another, clearer breakdown of the law is here.

I would encourage my blog readers living in other states to check the laws of their respective state to determine the specific voting laws regarding ex-offenders living in that state. To help you, here is a good website listing briefly, by state, the eligibility of voting rights for ex-offenders.

Ex-offenders are people, too! They’ve paid their debt to society and thus deserve every right and opportunity to rejoin the normal life enjoyed by general society. They also deserve to have a say in how an issue is decided and/or to have a say in determining which political candidate(s) – for ANY office – will best serve their interests.
Let’s get the word out so that EVERYONE has a chance to be heard in the voting process!

Keepin’ It…Real!