Your Voice: Vote like your life depends on it
by Frances Dampier, Tracy
Oct 19, 2012 | 6321 views | 9 9 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
EDITOR,

Recently, as I volunteered to walk precincts for Rhodesia Ransom, who is running for San Joaquin County Supervisor, Jose Hernandez, who is running for Congress, and Ray Morelos, who is running for Tracy City Council, I began to feel a stirring in my soul, a sense of urgency.

This feeling overwhelmed me, and I had not experienced it before. I knew I believed in the integrity and policy positions of the candidates for whom I was walking and making phone calls, but there was an intensity arising within me that was different and reflective.

Suddenly, my mind flashed back some 50 years ago when I was a child living in Greenwood, Miss. As mentioned in my memoir, “Cuddled in God’s Hands,” I grew up during turbulent times. Segregated schools, restaurants — every establishment displayed signs reading “White only” and “For coloreds,” making sure discrimination was blatant and transparent. Voting was downright discriminatory, and no one tried to hide it. Luckily, a group of people from the North set up voter registration in my home town.

Although I didn’t know history was being made at the time, these were Student Non Violent Coordination Committee workers, whose primary goals were to promote voter registration drives and desegregate public facilities. They worked tirelessly, even at the risk of being killed.

My mother and people in the neighborhood heard painful stories of friends’ and neighbors’ homes being bombed, jobs being lost, relatives being arrested and acquaintances even being killed — all because they wanted to vote and change the poor conditions and their unfair status in life.

Suddenly, my mind snapped back to reality. I felt a quickening of my steps — I was determined to reach every person on my list. My ancestors were pressing me to pick up my pace. I had to alert the voters that this election is not just necessary; it is imperative. We need to vote as if our lives depend on it — because they do!
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jarbuckle
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October 19, 2012


Dale,

If your family bonds have degraded its probably more related to your interaction with your family. than Hernandez, Young and Ransome or any of the politicians republican or democrat. You might want to examine how you treat your children, and the rest of your family. I hope your family situation improves. Take Care.
dcose
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October 19, 2012
JarJar,

Your wit and humor are so noted and appreciated. Nice to hear from a lib with a sense of merryment.

My day was great and about to get better. Hope things go well for you too.
dcose
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October 19, 2012
"I knew I believed in the integrity and policy positions of the candidates for whom I was walking and making phone calls, but there was an intensity arising within me that was different and reflective."

Your belief in those "policy positions" goes against your family's best interests. Look at the erosion of just the monetary gains that happened over the last four years.

Look how family bonds have degraded over the last 50 years.

Your ancestors had integrity in the face of incredible adversity. Today seems to have little bearing on yesterday. When was the last time you voted for someone not having a "D" next to their name on the ballot? Stop voting the party. Vote for the individual.
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 19, 2012
"Stop voting the party. Vote for the individual."

Couldn't have said it better.

Bird_Man
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October 19, 2012
Here Here

Amen

Two Thumbs Up
backinblack
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October 19, 2012
I agree, vote like your life depends on it which means vote Romney to get rid of Obama, and vote republican for the senate to strip power from Harry Reid. If we accomplish just those two things come November we all win.
RedHotChilliPeppers
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October 19, 2012
Two very lofty goals backinblack. But I think you should also say vote like your job depends on it. The way this country is headed we will end up with a quality of life that includes free-clinic healthcare for everyone who will be underemployed.

Sure, we all get healthcare, but what's changing is the number of Americans in line at the County clinics and underemployed. Meaning while the those in Washington are telling us they can make things better, and playing the blame bush game like a trumpet. They are slipping in programs that undermine our economy. Priority wise, these failing programs are waste of time, while our jobs have already moved offshore. And continue the acceleration.

In fact, I now think it is more sinister than just some failed programs. I believe what they have done the last four years is one of the the most brilliant politically manipulated shell games that mankind has ever witnessed.

You see if you can keep the people distracted to the fact that their job is in Huawia, then you just might fool them into re-electing the guy who cannot prevent your life from changing.

Very clever political tactic, if you ask me. But not what's best for our lives.

rayderfan
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October 19, 2012
Couldn't agree more about voting backinblack. It seems like Obama claims he's working for the Middle Class, yet more people are dependent on welfare and receiving food stamps today than three years ago.

Obama is creating a Nanny State and is doing more harm than good to the Middle Class.

Obama Must Go!!!!
Ornley_Gumfudgen
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October 19, 2012
Ah comeon guys! Whair't th fun of argument when we basically all agree here?

BTW RHCP, just like ta point out that fer most people thair job is thair life as many soon expire immediately after retirement, assumin they make it that far, cus they have no real life outside of thair jobs when thair jobes are over. Seems, fer th most part, th longer ya work th longer ya live. Looked at frum this perspect BIB is technically correct with his "vote like your life depends on it" comment. Essentially, with respect ta jobs, it does.


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