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Believing in Democracy Today

by admin on 6th-November-2014

ballot box graphicOn Saturday morning I braved the rain along with hundreds of other IE residents and attended the Inland Empire Rally featuring Vice President Joe Biden at Colton High School. The vice president was campaigning on behalf of Redlands Mayor Pete Aguilar who is running against Paul Chabot for the 31st Congressional seat in the county of San Bernardino.

President Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” And during his remarks the vice president offered some wise words of advice for voters during this election cycle.When you go to the polls today, there are two questions Vice President Biden asked the crowd to consider that I believe are questions we should all ask ourselves before casting a vote for any candidate, measure or initiative:

Who do you believe?
And what do they believe?

President Abraham Lincoln once said: “Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” Some people would argue that President Lincoln’s statement is simply referring to voter apathy and citizens simply choosing not to vote in an election. I’d argue that it’s also about choosing to vote against your own interest or the interests of your fellow citizens. “Turning your back on the fire” could mean believing the propaganda and campaign promises that benefit special interests instead of the community’s interest.

San Bernardino residents do you believe that public safety should continue to command 75 percent of the city’s budget with no room for negotiation? If not, vote Yes on Measures Q & R.

If you live in Moreno Valley, do you believe that the city council candidate you are supporting is more interested in protecting the public trust or giving it away for private gain?

Who do you believe?
And what do they believe?

From water board seats to the governor, it is your responsibility to educate yourself before casting your ballot today.

Believe me…a wise choice goes a long way.

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