bob.burdick1over 1 year ago
I hope you are right, but I don't think you are. If people are not sufficiently motivated to vote in the once-every-four-years Presidential elections, I do not think a holiday or, worse, weekend election day, would motivate them. In fact, I suspect that those who are not already motivated to vote would seize the holiday for unrelated pursuits (just as most of us do for Labor Day, Independence Day, Memorial Day, etc.). And ask them to give up a weekend day? Yikes! Good luck to you, though. If you can pull this off at your company, you are a remarkable person. For the record, I always vote, regardless of any inconvenience, and I am deeply saddened by those who don't -- even if they support candidates I don't like. So what's my plan to increase participation? We cannot require it, nor should we. We cannot require candidates to tell the truth because of the Constitution (which tends to protect liars in many cases). We cannot require that only reasonable candidates run (who is to define 'reasonable'?). No. About all we can do is try to teach our children (and those who are older) what a serious responsibility (and opportunity) this is. You are doing your part at your company. Perhaps others will, as well. But I am not counting on it. As long as our politicians strive to divide us for their personal and political gain and stubbornly refuse to set aside partisanship for the betterment of the nation, we are mired in mindless gridlock. If we successfully Take Back Tuesday, what plans do you think our friends in Washington will devise for it?