I haven’t posted since the last election cycle in 2012, mostly because I try to only use this during elections, but I expect that if I get elected I’ll post here between elections, too. I do have a life outside of politics, so I’ve been attending to more urgent matters in my life, but as the election heats up (usually after the primary) and more issues arise to be commented on I will surely be posting more often. I leave my older posts to show my stances on earlier questions and issues as well as consistency and occasionally my ability to grow and change my mind if need be. Hope to hear from you during the election, don’t forget to vote and good luck to all candidates.
Normally I would not presume to tell anyone who to vote for, but since I’m running in this election I will ask you to vote for me…if I’m on your ballot. If you don’t know which Legislative District you live in don’t worry, just watch for:
LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT 26
If you are in district 26 you will see my name and can vote for me and one of my other (very nice, actually) opponents. If you are in another district then thank you kindly for thinking of me and looking, but you’ll have to pick 2 other people. In this picture from the 2010 election I used a crayon because this is a sample ballot and I’m a mommy and the crayon was handy, but if you wait to do it in a booth on Nov. 2nd you’ll want to use the marker in the booth and if you do it at home on an early ballot you’ll want to follow the directions that come with the early ballot.
No, I won’t tell you who I’m voting for. I have met all the Libertarian candidates that appear on my ballot and I think they would all do fine jobs if elected, in case you were wondering about them. In races where Libertarians aren’t running I’ll consider who will work the hardest to preserve individual rights and liberties. You, of course, will have your own criteria. The important thing is that you do vote. The only vote you throw away is the one you don’t cast, so get out there and celebrate your right to choose who represents you as a part of this Republic.
First, let me say, I’m going to blame the kids. I’m not saying it’s their fault, just that I blame them. And I’m teasing, but it is connected. Four years ago before I ran for office the first time I found myself complaining about things that seemed very important at the time, but I was just moaning over cocktails. Someone who’s known me long enough to know how I raised my kids called me on it, threw a virtual mirror at me and said “What would your kids think?” Or “What have you always told your kids?” Or something of the kind. Anyway, they were right. You can’t raise your kids one way and then wimp out when it matters. I realized that in any elected position the candidates are drawn from the general population, not just professional politicians, or at least should be. I found the right office, asked for information, and the ladies behind the counter were extremely pleasant and more than willing to explain the process and the information in the packet they supplied to me free of charge (having been paid for by our tax dollars). That’s a good thing, by the way. One function of government is to be open and available to the people, all people. I went home, read it over, thought about it, and went to work and on with my life. Various issues came up over coffee later on that week. A lovely lady artist commented that I couldn’t run for anything, that I didn’t have any money and no one’s ever heard of me. Before I could open my mouth the folk singer behind me said “Oh, now you’ve done it! Don’t tell her she can’t do something, she’ll go and do it.” So there I was learning about running for office, figuring out how my party works (up till now I’ve just voted this way, now I really had to start attending meetings regularly) putting together a team, campaigning, press releases, working computers, all that jazz. I really came from behind very late in the game but I was still in the game and that’s what counts. I didn’t give up, and that should count for something. And about blaming the kids, if it weren’t for them and their friends I wouldn’t have some of the experience I’ve gained that made me opinionated enough to complain, find out how and then run and that friend wouldn’t have had the leverage to push, and I might not have cared about the future enough to try to make a change. My daughter Catherine was the first person to sign my petition. My son Sean signed as soon as he could. Even though I didn’t win I know my kids are proud that I tried. How often in life do you get an opportunity to find out that your kids believe in you? That alone made this worth the effort. Win or lose, I’ve already won.
Man of La Mancha was on TV this morning. I had it on in the background while doing housework, in spite of knowing it’s eventual effect (that I would stop cleaning and start watching). If a candidate does not hold to these ideals and is not moved to tears by this film then they do not deserve your vote. If you want to hear the song, copy and paste this:
Upon further consideration, I do believe there is truth in this rant from another part of the film. Cervantes’ rant on sanity and madness, too much sanity may be madness, to see life as it is and not as it should be. To watch that copy and paste this:
“I come in a world of iron to make a world of gold.” So many wonderful quotes. I’ve tried to find a way to comment or to put this in my own words, but there is no way to say it any better than it appears in the film.
Why do only 40% of registered voters turn out to the polls? Is this figure correct? Can we trust it-or the government by extension? How can we make a change? Well, to start with, VOTE!!!. If you don’t you’re not just giving away your right to speak out, you’re allowing others to hire a stranger to sell your rights to the highest bidder. “But there’s no one to vote for…” So run, or back someone you’d like to see win, even if you have to talk them into running. If you’re so inclined, ake advantage of the http://www.azcleanelections.gov or http://www.azsos.gov/election/ sites (it’s there, might as well use it) for some positions, or just run under the $500 exemption rule. Sign up to run and promise not to spend over $500? Yup, sounds crazy, but so is running for office. Just do it, even if you have to be a little more creative than the next guy. At least vote, then let the elected officials know how you feel about whatever subject is before you. That’s what they’re there for, whether you voted for them or not-they still represent YOU. If you voted for them you have a right to put in your 2 cents worth because you hired them. If you didn’t vote for them, they represent you anyway, so you still have a right to let them know how you feel, maybe more, because you wanted ‘the other guy’ anyway. So it doesn’t matter whether you vote for the winner or not, it matters that you vote, and especially that you vote for who you really want to win. How do you think we ended up with this two-party system we have now? If you think politics is interesting now, just think what it’d be like if people really voted the issues and their conscience. If you think politics was dry and boring before, what would happen if you voted for what you really believe instead of who you think everyone else is voting for? We have secret ballots for a reason. No one can come after you for voting for the ‘wrong’ person. No one can threaten you for voting unlike some places where people are threatened if they vote and still show up. What’s wrong with the voters in our country? Shake up the system. Vote. Run. Speak out. Change the system by being part of it.
I got to vote for myself in the primary! Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in this for kicks. I’m running for an office that is complex, unforgiving, doesn’t stop, and some people will expect things of me that I and the office simply cannot do. I might as well have fun now and enjoy what I can because once I’m elected I’ll have to roll up my sleeves and start work. I mean it when I say this is a partnership. I expect all of us to work on this together. No public official, elected or appointed can accomplish anything alone. Getting this far is, itself, a victory. If I can do this so can anyone else who feels strongly enough to run for any seat. It’s our government. WE THE PEOPLE are the most prominent words on the constitution or any of our country’s founding documents for a reason and we need to make them mean something again. We can change the world one day and one election at a time. It’s not easy to run for office and, depending on the office and how you approach it the race could get expensive financially as well as emotionally and in many other ways. But it’s worth it. Win or lose I can say I tried and I hope I’ve set an example for others to follow. Stand up for what you believe, get involved, and help make this a country governed by real people again. At the very least you’ll get to vote for yourself or (if you’re supporting someone) for your friend or family member. Any excuse for a party, right? Anything worth doing entails some degree of effort, but that just makes the reward greater and the celebration more fun. Change the world, vote, run, get involved and have fun!