Rock the Vote
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.