I've been going to "meetings" for over 50 years, since I held an
office in the Deacon's Quorum. Those meetings let me learn what my duty
was; however, "being" at a meeting and "being prepared" to be
at that meeting are two different things. We all have fathers,
mothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, brothers and sisters who have paid the price
for our entrance into political "meetings". Their lives ended so that
we would have a "ticket". So many came to my precinct
meeting prepared for nothing. They didn't know anything about the Party.
They hadn't bothered to read about the issues. They didn't have a
clue about the voting records of those who had held public office or even who
was running; but, they were quick to tell us that they wanted "so and
so" to represent us.That was a slap-in-the-face to everyone who
paid the price so that we could vote.Voting is a sacred privilege.
It requires more than "showing up". It requires a little preparation.
It requires a little respect for the process. It requires preparation and
participation.Thank goodness people are willing to participate; but,
preparation precedes participation.
Giving someone the authority to vote is giving that person an awesome power.
Before giving our kids the keys to the car we teach them, we drive with them,
and then we watch them CAREFULLY to see how they use that power. When it comes
to voting, all we do is check ID. I'm not saying that we should do more
than that, but we should expect citizens to come to a meeting prepared to fill
their civic duty. ATTENDING is only the start. Because so many first-timers
were there, lets hope that we all learned how to self-prepare before going to
the next caucus.