Election Day Thoughts from Betsy Kane

Election Day Thoughts from Betsy Kane

November, 02, 2010, by Betsy Kane

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It’s Election Day!  A reminder to be sure to vote.

I won’t use this forum to recommend how you vote. 

—But working in state government as I do, I see how the quality of our elected officials affects our state’s economy, innovation, and the creative industries.  It should be an item of interest to all of us making a living in a creative field or as small business owners.

—Not to mention the US Senate race between Elaine Marshall and Richard Burr is very close. 

—And also, the county commissioner races will mean a lot for the budget, quality, and direction of our local school system.

—And also, the judges’ races—from our NC Supreme Court, down to the district courts—will determine (for example) whether GLBT persons get equal treatment in our court system, such as in adoption, child custody & employment benefits cases, among other important issues. 

There is a lot at stake, and you have twenty or so votes on that ballot,—so please, go use them.

If you need to look up your polling place, want to see your voting record, or preview the ballot for your precinct, go here.

And since this is a creative forum, here is a POEM to get you motor-vated ... Betsy

The Poor Voter on Election Day

The proudest now is but my peer,
The highest not more high;
Today, of all the weary year,
A king of men am I.

Today, alike the great and small,
The nameless and the known;
My palace is the people’s hall,
The ballot-box my throne!
Who serves, today upon the list
Beside the served shall stand;
Alike the brown and wrinkled fist,
The gloved and dainty hand!

The rich is level with the poor,
The weak is strong today;
And sleekest broadcloth counts no more
Than homespun frock of gray.
Today let pomp and vain pretense
My stubborn right abide;
I set a plain man’s common sense
Against the pedant’s pride.

Today shall simple manhood try
The strength of gold and land;
The wide world has not wealth to buy
The power in my right hand!
While there’s grief to set redress,
Or balance to adjust,
Where weighs our living manhood less
Than Mammon’s vilest dust—

While there’s a right to need my vote,
A wrong to sweep away,
Up! clouted knee and ragged coat!
A vote’s a vote today!

—John Greenleaf Whittier, 1852

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