There’s no question about it, presidential elections are far more exciting than any other. First there was the flip-flop election between Al Gore and “W”. Then, there was the historical election that secured the oval office for the first black president of the United States of America.
Mid-term elections have a tough act to follow in terms of energy and excitement. But we still have to realize the importance of electing “support staff” for our current president. Many Republicans have criticized the Obama administration’s choice to solve the healthcare crisis first as opposed to focusing on the economy. But not many of those naysayers have offered realistic solutions to combating the issues affecting middle class America. If we get out and vote during the mid-term elections, our votes will help put political leaders in office that can untie the president’s hands and possibly help offer real solutions to our problems. Political analyst Roland Martin wrote an article claiming if Democrats don’t get out and vote in the mid-term elections, the effects of this could be substantial when it comes to the presidential race of 2012. Kendrick Meek, member of Congress and candidate for the Senate recently defeated billionaire Jeff Greene in the primaries election for the Senate seat representing the state of Florida. This is a huge step toward getting Florida in line for a senator that will most likely support the initiatives of our president and provide a major breakthrough for the 2012 election. However, the war is still not won here in Florida. Meek is up against Republican Marco Rubio and former Republican/current Independent Charlie Crist. With Halloween just around the corner, the November 2nd elections can grant us a “trick or treat”, depending on our turn out at the polls. In addition, you can bet the Republican Party will put on their best costumes in an effort to scare us away from the polls.
If you’ve conceded that the upcoming November elections are not as important as a presidential election, think again. Unfortunately, the hype surrounding the mid-term election is not as fabulous as the presidential race but all are equally as important. So many people are fighting to save their homes from foreclosure, struggling to get healthcare for themselves and their aging parents and loved ones, while millionaires and billionaires frolic through the advantages of tax cuts and have the luxury to spend more money on a lunch date than most people would spend on their grocery bill for an entire week. The power not only lies with the excitement behind a well planned, well marketed political season, but it lies in the hands of those who will pay attention and support the issues that matter to the middle class and the disadvantaged. Vote in November not because of the excitement, but because of a commitment to taking another step in a direction that will place government officials in an arena that will help the middle class and the disadvantaged help themselves.