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Go Vote

I spent the day Saturday canvassing part of one of the wards here in Beloit with my eldest son, on behalf of the local Democratic Party. We had a wonderful time, despite the weather. We skipped lunch and walked for over four hours before we finished our assignment, and he barely complained a peep because he knew we were doing something important. I couldn’t have been prouder.

Tomorrow, I’ll drop the kids off at school, go vote, then volunteer to help again. I’ve done this every election day since I moved back to Wisconsin. To vote is one thing, but to put some real effort into mobilizing others to vote means just as much to me.

If you can at all (and happen to be an American citizen eligible to do so), be sure to vote tomorrow. Make your voice heard. No matter what else I might do here locally to get people to vote the way I think they should, there’s only one vote that I can be absolutely confident will be cast exactly the way I want it, mine.

Do that for yourself. Your country deserves it, and so do you.

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  1. I’ll be excercising my Constitutional right today and will be voting for the party that you have been canvassing for!

    Keep fighting!

    moonglum, liberal

  2. I’ll be excercising my Constitutional right today and will be voting for the party that you have been canvassing for!

    Keep fighting!

    moonglum, liberal

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  4. Who knew that Elric’s companion was a fan of (little d) democracy? Maybe hanging out with a mildly deranged emperor soured him.

    As you may know, my day job is working for an organization that supports increasing voter turnout among young voters and we have been having fun this year and actually working unlike some other (much bigger) youth civic engagement organizations.

    Good on ya for canvassing for your party, one of the things that I have forbidden myself while working for my very strictly non-partisan organization is that very activity (which I used to do often) because I feel that it would lessen my legitimacy as a person committed to non-partisan civic participation promotion. I still recommend that young people volunteer for the campaigns they believe in, and I still vote my very partisan opinions, but I don’t want people to be able to confuse how much my private life influences my public decisions. So my public life dominates.

    Instead of canvassing for a candidate/party, I organize non-partisan phone banks. Not as good for growing the political career, but very rewarding as a part of the democratic process.

  5. Who knew that Elric’s companion was a fan of (little d) democracy? Maybe hanging out with a mildly deranged emperor soured him.

    As you may know, my day job is working for an organization that supports increasing voter turnout among young voters and we have been having fun this year and actually working unlike some other (much bigger) youth civic engagement organizations.

    Good on ya for canvassing for your party, one of the things that I have forbidden myself while working for my very strictly non-partisan organization is that very activity (which I used to do often) because I feel that it would lessen my legitimacy as a person committed to non-partisan civic participation promotion. I still recommend that young people volunteer for the campaigns they believe in, and I still vote my very partisan opinions, but I don’t want people to be able to confuse how much my private life influences my public decisions. So my public life dominates.

    Instead of canvassing for a candidate/party, I organize non-partisan phone banks. Not as good for growing the political career, but very rewarding as a part of the democratic process.

  6. That’s a funny perspective, Brett. 🙂

    Good for you, Christian, for your fine work. It’s vital to teach our youth to take our civic responsibilities seriously. My wife just took a position on the board of our local League of Women Voters, which means she had to maintain non-partisanship in public as well. That means the family duty falls to me, so she cares for the kids while I advocate for the causes and people in which we believe.

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    That’s a funny perspective, Brett. 🙂

    Good for you, Christian, for your fine work. It’s vital to teach our youth to take our civic responsibilities seriously. My wife just took a position on the board of our local League of Women Voters, which means she had to maintain non-partisanship in public as well. That means the family duty falls to me, so she cares for the kids while I advocate for the causes and people in which we believe.

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  9. Doyle is forcing my low income mother to sell her house. She paid it off working at just above minimum wage her whole life, but now she can’t afford the personal property taxes. So we rallied the vote for Republicans.

  10. Doyle is forcing my low income mother to sell her house. She paid it off working at just above minimum wage her whole life, but now she can’t afford the personal property taxes. So we rallied the vote for Republicans.

  11. Sorry to hear that, William. I think it’s interesting that you hold Doyle and the Democrats responsible when the Republicans have been in a solid majority in both the house and assembly here in Wisconsin, throughout Doyle’s entire tenure—and had to approve the budgets. Property taxes are high here, but that’s one of the results of the states being forced to pay for unfunded mandates handed down by the federal government over the past six years.

    Either way, I do feel for your mother. That’s an awful problem.

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    Sorry to hear that, William. I think it’s interesting that you hold Doyle and the Democrats responsible when the Republicans have been in a solid majority in both the house and assembly here in Wisconsin, throughout Doyle’s entire tenure—and had to approve the budgets. Property taxes are high here, but that’s one of the results of the states being forced to pay for unfunded mandates handed down by the federal government over the past six years.

    Either way, I do feel for your mother. That’s an awful problem.

  13. I too feel for Shaw’s grandmother, it makes me wonder why an agricultural heavy state like Wisconsin didn’t (and doesn’t) have homesteading laws to protect property owners.

    I live in California now, and though I think the Kelo decision was a setback for many of us who want stronger protections against eminent domain, I voted against our slum lord encouraging prop 90. As it currently stands, the best protection against eminent domain is knowledge of what you have, what its worth, and whether you really need it or can live somewhere else. Then again, I fully understand how difficult a mental shift it is (and maybe ought be completely unneccesary) to think of your home like a stock or other purely financial property rather than a place to live with memories and value beyond money.

  14. I too feel for Shaw’s grandmother, it makes me wonder why an agricultural heavy state like Wisconsin didn’t (and doesn’t) have homesteading laws to protect property owners.

    I live in California now, and though I think the Kelo decision was a setback for many of us who want stronger protections against eminent domain, I voted against our slum lord encouraging prop 90. As it currently stands, the best protection against eminent domain is knowledge of what you have, what its worth, and whether you really need it or can live somewhere else. Then again, I fully understand how difficult a mental shift it is (and maybe ought be completely unneccesary) to think of your home like a stock or other purely financial property rather than a place to live with memories and value beyond money.

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