The mid-term elections of 2010 are turning out to be one for the record books. You see it in the hard work and sweat equity invested by the candidates. You are constantly reminded of it in all forms of advertising.
From a personal level, I see it and hear it every time I walk through a neighborhood and visit with voters in my campaign for the Jackson County Legislature. There is a steely determination in what I hear. The voters are going to be heard this election.
Sometime late Tuesday night, that voice will be heard.
Here are my personal observations about this campaign:
NEGATIVE CAMPAIGNING: Every election cycle there is a whine and cry for an end to the negativity in American politics. Read your history. It has always been there.
In the 1960’s voters were warned that a vote for Goldwater would bring nuclear Armageddon and a war in Vietnam. John F. Kennedy was going to bring the Pope to America and turn our country into a theocracy.
Abraham Lincoln was called less than human, the “gorilla”, by his opponents.
Our founding fathers, Jefferson, Hamilton, Burr, Franklin (to name a few), were masters at the game of politics.
This does not excuse below the belt attacks. But it does expose the passive-aggressive nature of the complaint.
American political campaigns can be brutal. But violence is rare. It is the process by which we choose our leaders. Compared to other governments on the planet, it is one of the best systems going. The results are not a foregone conclusion and decisions are not made at the point of gone.
Most importantly, the final decision is made by the people. Not the government that rules them.
TEA PARTY: The Tea (Taxed Enough Already) is not really a party, though some candidates do align themselves with the movement. It is a movement that has attracted and empowered many voters. From conversations I have had with voters, it is not exclusively a Republican phenomenon. It draws voters from both major parties; more so from independents.
Their influence on this election has already been felt in many upsets during the primary process. How that voting block will affect the elections on November 2nd is yet to be known.
LOOK FOR A HEAVY TURNOUT: The Jackson County Election Board has reported extremely heavy absentee voting for a mid-term election. It is a sure indication that many more will make the trip to the polls on Tuesday.
A HEALTHY SIGN: I see the anticipated heavy turnout as a healthy sign. Despite all the complaints there are about the elective process we still have one of the most vibrant democracies on our planet. Our elections may not be without rancor and personal attacks.
Please remember to vote next Tuesday. It is truly an American celebration of democracy.
Election Night Results . . .
Here is a link to a site that will be posting results through the evening next Tuesday.
The last candidate race you will vote on next Tuesday will be the race for Jackson County Legislature, Sixth District. I have campaigned hard to win the votes of this very large district that includes most of Raytown, those parts of Kansas City east of Raytown, Lee’s Summit and all the other small communities that make up Eastern Jackson County.
I am asking for your vote on Tuesday. The support and encouragement that many have shown me is appreciated.
Jenn's "Fit Bottomed Girls" column will continue next week.