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Rock the Vote

Published October 30, 2010 2:13 PM by Glen McDaniel

Yesterday, I stood in line for just under two hours to vote early. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 2 and I thought I would avoid the rush by voting on a Friday afternoon when most folks would be otherwise occupied. Well, the line stretched all the around the building, there were workers dedicated to helping the many elderly and disabled to navigate the system. When I got inside and got "validated,"  I waited another 15 minutes as all 30 plus voting machines were constantly busy.

What's at stake during this mid-term election? That depends on who you listen to. Opinions encompass everything from preserving the very soul of the country, fighting for our fundamental freedoms, a recall of incumbents, a referendum on the President personally, to keeping this country from regressing to the point where we had to be yanked from the brink of catastrophe.To some the choice is between full blown socialism and a return to pre-civil rights days.

The truth might be somewhere in the middle. In line waiting to vote, I heard some very sophisticated and sobering conversations about the animus, hype and deeply personal attacks that typify this election season. "A pox on all their houses," an elderly woman shouted repeatedly. Another lady "schooled" all who would listen about those who literally gave their lives so we could all have the right to vote.

The relevance to clinical laboratory science? Simply: everyone should vote. Silence and acquiescence are labels many of us have earned legitimately by our traditional inaction. Voting our resentment (by whining) instead of our interests (by acting) is another trait. Blaming "them" for all our ills is yet another futile habit that we hang on to tenaciously. We actually choose our fate when we keep quiet or simply whine without acting.

Educate yourselves on the issues, see where the candidates stand on addressing your political and social interests, then vote accordingly. But vote!

Then after Tuesday, consider how you "vote" each and every day by your action -- or inaction.

posted by Glen McDaniel


I wonder how the lab and healthcare wil be affected by the results of the election. I was thinking that the shakeup is kind of like getting a new lab manager or director. Everyone is worried and stand offish until they find out what the new manager is like.

Jason T MT (ASCP) November 6, 2010 4:28 PM
Atlanta GA

Jose: Thank you. It's extremely important to exercise our right to vote; to dispense our obligation as members of a democracy.

The larger point I was trying to make in the blog, however, is that 1. when we stand silently by we  give up our right to be dissatisfied with the status quo and 2. when we dont act, our very inaction has definite consequences. So when we do nothing (dont "vote"), we are partially responsible for the unpleasant condition we receive.

This is true for the political process, but also true for our professional future.

Glen McDaniel October 31, 2010 9:20 PM

Excellent article, Glen. I was just saying the same thing to some ladies at work a few days ago. In Nevada we have a heavy election fight going on. The whole country is watching the race for US senate here. I vounteered for a phone bank and asked some co-workers to volunteer as well. They all said they were too busy, they had to work, they had to go shopping,  blah blah blah. So we all talk but everyone is too busy to help. That is what we do, we complain but do nothing. Do something or shut up.

Jose C October 31, 2010 8:52 PM
Henderson NV

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