Election day, I suppose

4f9afcb76383fI was the fourteenth voter of the day at my precinct.  I didn’t get a goddamn I voted sticker.  I’ve been voting for twenty years in three different cities and I have never once gotten a goddamn I voted sticker.  What the hell is democracy even for?

This was a pointless little election.  I voted a straight party ticket for the first time in my life, choosing stupid and incompetent over evil.  There was little at stake locally; my House election felt (still feels) like a foregone conclusion, there was no senate or gubernatorial election, and most of the state races were fucking unopposed, which makes me vaguely furious.  I don’t even want to know what the national returns are looking like.

Then there was the school board election.  Our school board, as I think many do, has a lunatic on it.  The young lady above is his daughter.  She has recently lost a lawsuit against the school board and has taken her revenge, no doubt encouraged by her father, by running for the board president’s seat.  There’s a fine tradition in South Bend for some reason of suing public institutions and then trying to run for office to control them when your lawsuit fails.  As you can imagine, this often ends poorly.  Her campaign signs were her dad’s campaign signs from the last time he ran for school board, with the “re” in “re-elect” covered with duct tape.  So we’re running a class operation here.  I didn’t have to look hard to find that photograph, by the way; it’s one of the first results when you Google her name and her Facebook page is public.  Her qualifications for office (and this is not me being snarky) include being a bartender, having a couple of kids, and being pregnant.  I assume at the same time.

I encourage young people to run for office if they feel like they can make a difference; our mayor, as you may recall, is one of the youngest in the country, and was not yet 30 when he was elected.  (And I voted for him.)  But he was also a Rhodes Scholar.  Maybe you at least take the time to scrub the more strippery pictures of yourself off the internet before you run for school board. Or, y’know, maybe not; I am officially an Old now and don’t understand how these kids think anymore.

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I will be in Louisville tomorrow, then Nashville tomorrow night through Saturday morning, then Louisville again for a while, then home.  Expect some hotel room pictures, but I’m expecting to be crazy-go-nuts busy and there may not be much more.  I will be working on the book, though.  So there’s that.

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Luther M. Siler

The author of SKYLIGHTS, THE BENEVOLENCE ARCHIVES and several other books.

9 thoughts on “Election day, I suppose

  1. As China is now stripping away voting in Hong Kong, apathetic American 20 somethings here will awaken one day with an emperor at the helm (called president) elected by the corporations (with social media promises never intended to be kept) . Today’s generation has taken up John Mayer’s theme song “Waiting for the World to Change” as their mantra because they are firmly convinced that there is a fix-it princess with a magic wand who will do the repair work for them and they can rock out, smoke out and complain forever without ever getting their hands dirtied with the glue from an ” I Voted ” sticker.. All great nations come and go with apathy from the masses and wails of “its our fate, our destiny, its not our fault!”

    Sorry to hear how voting has become such a heavy burden. Well as our founding fathers made it perfectly clear…….. the masses cannot handle democracy….. (thus the electorial college) while those in other nations are risking their lives to vote barely 14% of eligible voters in the USA visit a polling place (in their lifetime!!!!) I am so confused. I guess freedom has no value to the free. Only the enslaved cherish that word.

    OK I’m off my soap box….. PS I got my “I voted Sticker” I can send it to you if you want….. I guess the polling places expect you just to post the words on Facebook instead of pinning it proudly on your chest.

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  2. That was exactly how I felt about the election in Rochester, Michigan. I voted for the less evil party (straight party ticket) and then for the local elections, there was no choice. We didn’t even get to vote on a GMO proposition. Our two propositions were about giving gun-happy hunters a choice between killing wolves at random and killing them with a permit!

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