2008 The Most Important Election of All Times.

People are really excited about this coming election. As the election date gets closer, more and more people have decided to register and vote.

For the first time in many years, young people are actively participating in polling, door to door canvassing, staffing political headquarters and activities. It has happened before, but not in the record numbers of participation shown in this year’s election.

Not only the young people eager to participate; people from very diverse backgrounds are following the issues and debates, and have even attended rallies and meetings. Friendly and not so friendly discussions have taken place concerning economics, the war in Iraq, unemployment and other topics.

Almost everyone has an opinion about drilling or not for oil, nuclear energy, solar energy and how to become energy independent.

It is an exciting time. People are talking about winners and losers.

My main question is: What happens after the election?

When the political headquarters on Main Street close their doors, the rallies and the political campaign ceases… what happens to all the excitement and participation?

It worries me to think of those post-electoral times, when people have that feeling of “…Now the elected ones have all the responsibility…they should know what to do.”

It worries me that after dealing with the big panorama, we are left alone in the small cities and towns to fend for ourselves.

Have you noticed how we tend to do the same when any issue arises? We get together, talk and make plans. At the beginning people give their opinions and time freely; later the power struggle takes place, the commitment becomes less. Once somebody is elected as chair, or secretary, or manager, people almost disappear and let the directives do the work.

Maybe this time we can do things different. A lot of people have done a tremendous job of registering voters. Others are calling on everyone to vote.

I say that all of the above is important but the changes needed are not going to take place in this election or in others, unless we are able to change in our own places the way in which we participate in our cities and towns.

A change in the way people are nominated and elected must take place. If it takes so much money to run a campaign, then we cannot be sure that there is real representation, nor that the more honorable and suitable will be elected.

And for those who say: I do not participate in politics because I do not believe in the process. I say to them, “You are also being political by not participating. If you are a member of any community and therefore benefiting from been in society, it may be better to acknowledge your place in that society.”

If you are a bystander when a fight takes place and someone is been abused. Do you say, “I hope that guy does’nt get killed before someone arrives to do something!” Or, do you do your part?

If you do not like the current state of affairs of the nation, are you ready to be part of a change? If not, we can always remember that people have the government they deserve, because they have chosen it.