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I Voted….At The Caucus

7 March 2012 2 comments
I am not known for my political prowess. I research candidates and issues and propositions. I vote in every election. However, I am not loud with my opinions or vocal with my views. And then, last night, I went public and it reminded me of this quote by one of our founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson.
We in America do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate.

I had the opportunity of participating last night in Idaho’s first Republican Caucus. I stood (and waited for a long time) with my fellow citizens to cast my vote for the republican candidate. There were so many people at the venue (~3000) that they had to turn people away because they ran out of ballets. Still, there was less pomp than I expected. Only two candidates were represented, Paul and Romney. You would think the candidates would be a little more selective about who represents them. Romney’s representative read his entire speech, head down, barely understandable. Paul’s did better, but this was the first caucus he’d ever attended. With Idaho being an all-or-nothing state and 32 delegates…I expected better representation.

Notwithstanding the quality of the speeches, it was a fascinating process, and a great opportunity to rub shoulders for a few hours with neighbors, friends, and others that believe the way I do.

Thomas Jefferson had it right. The monument that stands in his honor in Washington D.C. is my favorite. He stands in the center of the rotunda surrounded by the quotes of his past. You can almost hear them echoing across the centuries. He was a man of honor and a man of God. He knew that this country needed the people and he knew that the people needed God. He knew that the people needed to be involved to make a difference.

So, get involved; make a difference; be excellent.
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