Tuesday was National Voter Registration Day. We are now only 37 days to the most important election of our lifetime. This is not just about reelecting President Obama, but electing moderates and progressives at every level of government who will work with President Obama in a constructive way instead of obstructing everything and tearing down Obama.
Democrats need to retake control of the House of Representatives and keep control in the Senate. There are also important elections at the state, city and local level. President Obama not only needs a Congress that will work with him, but state governors as well (see Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Rick Scott and Scott Walker as examples of the types of failed leaders we need to kick to the curb across the country). Not to mention the many important ballot measures such as California’s Clean Energy Jobs Act, Prop 39, which today received an endorsement from the Los Angeles Times; and Los Angeles County’s Measure J to start seven transit and eight highway improvement projects in five years by extending the half-cent transportation sales tax voters approved in 2008. Measure J is predicted to accelerate 250,000 jobs over the next decade.
According to the National Voter Registration Day website, 3,144 volunteers have registered 175,430 voters with 238 of 1,206 organizations reporting so far. That is great. That is democracy in action. That is how we defeat Republican voter suppression efforts and attempts by right-wing billionaires like Sheldon Adelson to buy this election for Mitt Romney.
Are you registered to vote? If you aren’t, there is still time. Click here to register.
If you think your vote doesn’t matter then you are wrong. People are dying around the world for the precious right to vote. It is not something to take for granted. You say there isn’t a difference between the Democrats and Republicans? Wrong again. There is a mountain of difference between Obama and Romney. How did supporting Ralph Nader (including me) over Al Gore work out? Do you think Gore would have been exactly like Bush and done nothing about climate change, put two wars on a credit card and blow Bill Clinton’s budget surplus to pass tax cuts for the rich and create record deficits? How different would America and the world look like right now if Gore had won that election over Bush?
Let’s not have regrets. Let’s reelect Barack Obama and moderates and progressives who will work with him to solve our many challenges.
If you still need convincing, there is an organization called Our Time that is mobilizing to register young Americans to vote through online social media channels and by harnessing the power of the entertainment industry community. Their goal is to register at least one million young Americans to vote in this election through their free online voter registration tool.