That was a pretty pathetic performance on Tuesday by the majority of you. I’m talking about you people who did not bother to go vote in the municipal election.
Some of you will be on the front lines of complainers about the city council, the 911 board and the other boards that had races, but you stayed home or did other things Tuesday.
I’ll bet most of you are big-time supporters of the troops, and you post stuff on Facebook and Twitter about how you love our soldiers who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice for our rights.
Yet, you ignored our basic right of voting for people to serve in important offices like the city council and the 911 board. You might as well slap a soldier next time you see one.
It’s OK to skip a meaningless election like the presidential primary we had in Missouri, a state that selects convention delegates by caucus. But that’s only happened once. All other elections are important.
Just because they’re local elections doesn’t make them less important than a presidential or gubernatorial vote. These local elections decide who is going to divvy up your local tax money and make other important decisions that affect your lives.
You mouth a lot about how much you love your community and how proud you are of it, so why don’t you do the most basic act of caring for your community, which is voting?
Only 8.28 percent of you so-called troop supporters and so-called community lovers cast a ballot, a right won by people who were willing to sacrifice and a right maintained by others willing to sacrifice.
Why don’t you just go ahead and post on Facebook that you really don’t care what “the troops” do anywhere in the world, because while they’re standing ready to protect your rights, you prefer to ignore those rights and do something more important, like watch TV.
No, you weren’t too busy to vote. The polls are open from 6 in the morning until 7 at night. You could have voted if you had really wanted to, but you didn’t vote because you didn’t really want to.
From now on when I hear someone mouthing about how much they “support the troops,” I’m going to ask if they bothered to vote on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. If they didn’t vote, I’m going to laugh derisively and tell them to stop embarrassing themselves with their hollow words and just shut up.
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R.D. Hohenfeldt, a Georgia native, has lived in Rolla since ’84. He voted Tuesday and admits feeling pretty self-righteous about it. Currently, he writes regular columns for OzarksAlmanac.com and occasional columns on the registered forums of Smoker-Builder.com. On the night shift, he helps cover Rolla city and school government for The Rolla Daily News. Photo of R.D. and Henry the Wonderpoodle, smarter than many adults and more active than today’s obese young people, courtesy of photographer Bea Bonebrake (facebook.com/BThirtyOne).