Sunday, January 27, 2008

U.S. Citizenship, voting and family politics (ouch!)

A co-worker of mine just received his American cititzenship. The rest of his team made note of it by presenting him with an American flag and congratulating him on the achievement. I think everyone in the room (all natural-born citizens, I believe) agreed that we probably couldn't pass the standard citizenship test without a considerable amount of studying beforehand.

It was a good reminder for me of the most important part of U.S. citizenship, and that is our right to vote. Marc just earned his own U.S. citizenship in 2001 and voted in his first presidential election in 2004. Now, with a very interesting election season upon us, I found a great piece on the details of how our presidential election process works. If you have any questions, this is a great resource:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22544471/

My sister Anne and I have always debated the merits of the rationale she and her husband use to support their non-voting habits: since one is Republican and the other Democrat, they don't vote because they feel their votes cancel each other out (for those who know them, it's pretty clear which one is which, so I'm not sure why I'm being cagey and not labeling them). My point has always been that it's the critical right of citizenship to be able to vote so no matter how the votes fall, it is about exercising your voice in casting a vote for your choice.

As an interesting aside, Anne has taken a new position with her broadcast group (she sells radio advertising) that put her in a category management role for the news-talk stations, which means she is coordinating all the advertising for political candidates leading up to the election in November. Since it's a two-party election this year, she's been a little busy -- oh, and she lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC is one of the early primary states for both parties). The night of the Republican debate in Myrtle Beach, which was about 3 weeks ago, provided her with an opportunity to meet and observe Sean Hannity as he broadcast his show from one of her stations. She even has a photo with him.

She's always been a firmly-planted Democrat (okay, there's the label).

Just goes to show you what a little charisma, star power and the energy of a locally centered political campaign can do to sway votes. She's discussing her opportunities to perhaps select a Republican candidate this year.

Her husband, her in-laws, and my father are dancing in the streets!

Now, if they could only get through to me....

1 comment:

A Mom Two Boys said...

Oh good lord, say it ain't so! Did she come back and see the light yet? Yikes!