Primaries Over – What Next?
It is now just a little over four months till the 2012 elections. This is literally the most important election in our collective lifetime. The primaries are over, the candidates are fixed, and it’s time to work hard to assure that each of us do everything possible to elect candidates who will bring us back from the brink. So where do we go from here?
DECIDE WHERE YOUR VOTE WILL GO!
If you haven’t yet, it’s time to decide on your candidate for each office. If you are uncertain, actively investigate your choices, go to their websites, find out where they will be and attend any event you can. Make your decision, and make it based on fact, not emotion.
SUPPORT YOUR CANDIDATE!
There is something everyone can do. You can call the candidate’s campaign offices and offer to do phone banking, walking door to door, putting up a yard sign. DONATE! The reality of any successful campaign is that there is a lot of money needed to be successful. If you can afford only $1, give $1. I suggest that everyone go over their budget and determine if you have any disposable income you are willing to donate to get your candidate elected. Once you have determined how much money you can give to help your candidates, determine which candidates need the money the most.
KNOW WHERE YOUR CANDIDATE STANDS ON KEY ISSUES!
One of the most important things you can do over the next few months is to talk about your candidate. People are going to ask you who you are voting for and why. Know the answer. If you are concerned about health care, know how the candidates have voted in the past on any legislation relating to health care, including Medicare and Medicaid. Do you best to find out the details of that legislation and why they voted the way they did. If the candidate has no voting record, find out where they stand on the critical issues. Do they support the Keystone Pipeline? Will they support repealing the (Un)Affordable Care Act? Where do they stand on the predator issue?
GET OVER IT!
During the primaries there were a variety of candidates that each of us got to know, rooted for, voted for, who did not win. It is human to resent those that beat “our guy”. However, in this historic election it is critical we move past primary disappointment and coalesce behind the candidates who most closely reflect our values, and who can get elected. Voting for someone who has no possible chance of getting elected can help the candidate least in line with our principles get elected.