As we enjoy our second “late summer” I could not help but to take a moment and remember Nat King Cole singing about those “lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” It may have been the last quiet moment as Nat was obviously not thinking about the 2010 primary election season in Illinois and all over the country.
There has been no “down time” as negative TV commercials, flyers, letters and hit pieces are crowding our mailboxes and roadside signs are jockeying for positions on street corners. Live and recorded telephone calls and campaign workers knocking on doors: it’s all a regular feature of the campaign cycle. The November 2nd election is fast approaching, it will be one for the record books as far as the most governors (37), the most U.S. senators (37) since 1962 and who controls Congress. Over 150 measures are on ballots in 35 states; reapportionment changes will shape state and local politics for a decade in 88 of the 99 state legislative chambers. It was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote after 33 of them were wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic” by demonstrating back in November 1917.
One of their leaders, Alice Paul, made sure that the men of her time understood that “courage in women is often mistaken for insanity”. Today we need the women’s vote more than ever before. Whatever you do, please take time to understand the real issues; don’t focus only on their accusations: based on them no one should be elected! Dig in and find out more on which candidates, regardless of their affiliation, deserve your vote.