All Have Roles To Play
The opportunity allotted all New Yorkers in the February 5th
primaries, no matter their political affiliation, is an important
one. Unlike past years where our say in the presidential nominating
process came after front-runners were already established,
making us a validator of others’ opinions, we will be
letting our votes be heard alongside 21 other states…
with a real role in what happens at the party conventions
next summer. Given the close nature of the big races, this
makes for an exciting prospect… that decades of diminishing
voter involvement in our elections could start to reverse
But only if you vote…
Chief among topics on people’s minds is the economy.
And we’re not just talking Wall Street and currency
ups and downs here, but the way our spending on weekly needs,
from heating oil and travel gas to food and phone, not to
forget healthcare and education, has been jumping regularly
while our incomes stagnate. And more and more of the people
we know face either job losses or growing worries that layoffs
Economic concerns have swallowed our thoughts of the War in
Iraq… can we afford it? And our own localized spending
needs… Is this the right time to be redistricting our
schools? It’s even shadowing that largest of elephants
in the room we’ve been dealing with for years now, the
Belleayre Resort development.
And yet the economic discussion we need now is not local but
national and international… and it involves more than
quick fixes in the forms of spending stimuli. We’re
sick of being stimulated to always buy more. We want real
talk of what we’re all facing, and how the way we’ve
been doing things might need to change to make our lives affordable,
and less stressful, in the coming decades.
Which are presidential issues…
Sure, there are many among us who have given up hope of real
changes. Who feel the whole system is too broken to repair.
But does not doing anything, abdicating what little power
we do have in the system we live within, achieve anything
but more time for leisure, and indirectly more time for spending?
We don’t think so. And in fact, we feel that, given
the nature of the presidential race this year, turnout and
voting trends tied to next week’s primary, town to town,
can say a lot about what we want, as well as have more possible
effect than we’ve seen in decades.
So do it. It’s a role we are privileged to play in this
nation. Yet also one we rarely get to play as well, or with
such key issues at play, as is offered this year.