Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Election Day Challenge

I heard on the news that polling places across the country are short of poll workers. Because many poll workers tend to be elderly, many poll workers are frightened by the ever-increasing technological demands of computerized voting machines. I know it sounds like age-bigotry, but it's just the truth.

I have a challenge to offer to all the Young Republicans (notice -- Jim the Wiser --that, in the interest of impartiality, I placed them first), Young Democrats, Young Libertarians, Young Centrists (if such people exist) and readers of MoveOn.org. If you truly value the freedoms our country offers and care about fair elections, please take a day off of school or work to become a poll worker! You won't make much, but you'll be aiding your country. You are much more capable of managing the voting machines than a technotard septuagenarian or octogenarian.

I also have a challenge to employers nationwide: give your employees the day off, with pay, if they choose to be poll workers!

I know it's fashionable to be cynical about our country and its freedoms and that patriotism seems to be the cloak of old people with magnetic ribbons on their car trunks and plastic American flags flapping from their back windows, but there are still some great things about America and one of them is the peaceful transfer of power every 2-4 years.

Voting is not only a right, it's a privilege -- and we should all (individuals and employers alike) be willing invest in it. Stop complaining about the system and start being part of the solution!

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