Friday, November 03, 2006

If You Can Keep It

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, Benjamin Franklin emerged from the building and was confronted by a Mrs. Powell who had been anxiously awaiting the results. She asked, "Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" And Franklin responded, “A republic… if you can keep it."

If we can keep it.

Our challenge, and I truly hope we all choose to accept it, is to vote next Tuesday.
That’s it. Get off our lazy butts, and VOTE. Easy peasy!!

So this weekend, I am assigning homework… pick a proposition, a measure, a candidate, SOMETHING. Do some research. Make a decision. And then make that decision known on Tuesday by going out to the polls (yes, even if it’s snowing, or raining, or just a really bad hair day) and casting your ballot. Remember, you DO NOT have to vote for each and every item and open seat on the ballot. Ideally we would all know the pros and cons about every issue and we’d all vote on every item and no one would ever have a bad hair day. But if that’s not a realistic possibility for you (or me) then for crying out loud at least vote for ONE thing. Come on! (My personal fave, if you live in California, is prop 89. Read about it
here or google search "Clean Money".)

So Go. Read. Learn. Decide. Vote. Keep the Republic!

Having fulfilled her civic duty for the day, Courtney waves goodnight to the crowd and steps down off her soapbox.