The Moe Factor (as It Is Used In the Selection of Locally Elected Officials)
I Will Vote In the 2008 Presidential Election, at the same time and more importantly, I will cast my ballot for my state and local elections. Almost everyone in the United States of America is currently caught up in the fervor leading up to the Presidential elections, it is in my humble opinion that all of us should be more concerned with the local and state political races. I went into detail in my last blog, about the Big Lie and the Electoral College. As average citizens we American’s spend so much time detailing a nation wide race, that we miss out on the opportunity to strengthen our states and communities with locally elected officials that will ultimately have the largest impact on our lives. We are all bound by state and local rules and regulations, and we pay the vast majority of taxes to the states, counties, and cities in which we reside. The citizens of this country really need to pay closer attention to the politics of their immediate communities and state. It is the locally elected offices that have the most effects on the community at large. This is where, for the most part, the voice of the people can still be heard. We all know of the importance of local governments, yet how few of us actually are informed enough on the candidates running for local office? I like to pride myself in the fact that I vote in every local primary and election in my area. I really get ticked off when people complain about their local governments, but then do nothing about it. Put up or shut up has always been my motto. So it was to my own dismay, when I realized that even I did not know enough about the local and state candidates in my own area, to make an informed selection. I found this out, as I was perusing a sample ballot. When ever we have an election year with a large number of offices to vote for, the local newspapers usually run a special election edition that details the candidates running for office. Some of us will scan it, others will read it, but only a few will actually study the people and issues in depth. Because in a non federal election year that usually entails a good amount of information gathering on a minimum of about 26 people that are running for office. Add those numbers to a federal election year, and you can easily have twice that many. It makes it tough to remember every candidate and their stance on the issues that you need to vote for. We head out to vote with the basics on our mind, but when we get into that booth and look at those names; many times we draw a blank. It’s akin to going into a video store and trying to choose a movie with only a list of titles to go by. Sometimes you can remember the title, but many times you need a brief synopsis of the movie to get what you want. It’s my theory that, we as people elect a lot of idiots into public office due to what I like to refer to as the MOE FACTOR. After we’ve selected those candidates that we are familiar with, that’s when the MOE FACTOR comes into play. Using any number of methods, we simply pick someone arbitrarily. It’s usually as simple as eeny, meeny, miny, moe. Moe is who you vote for. We cast our ballots in private, and no one knows who you voted for anyway. The MOE FACTOR also helps to explain why when ever an elected official does something stupid, that there is no one that ever admits to voting for them to begin with. I implore everyone who has the ability to do so, to take their local races a lot more seriously. Inform and educate yourself about as many of the candidates and issues as you are able to. Come on people, we can remember long series of numbers, lists of music artists, movies and celebrities. We can at least try to be more informed. This is, after all, where your vote truly counts. Be active, Be informed. VOTE LOCAL.