With the Election Day on Tuesday, and many Birmingham kids out of school, Tuesday is a great day to get organized. In the first place, take the time today to review the election choices for yourself, review the ballot proposals, and determine your choices. This action is a big step toward being organized before entering the voting booth.
Next, take time with your children, even if not of voting age, to discuss the choices, what they could mean to each of us as individuals and as families. This action is a tremendous way to prepare your children to be responsible voters when they achieve age 18. If we can teach our children to take careful consideration when they vote, as well as how to evaluate proposals responsibly, we can help society to advance by passing positive initiatives and having lively and intelligent discussion with our friends and neighbors.
Who knows? By being an organized electorate, we might even be able to reduce or eliminate the need for backstabbing, mudslinging and other trash talking, because they will become ineffective. We will seek out and know the actual truth behind the issues, and this negativity won't work to sway our votes. We won't be spoon fed the slop that many candidates and initiatives use to try to sell us their point. We will know the realities of the issues, our families will be educated about the options, prepared to address them, discuss them, and make intelligent choices by knowing the facts and how they affect us.
So, get organized, Birmingham! Get informed. Take the time to inform your kids. Get out to vote!