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Yesterday I wrote about tuning out of this election… but old habits die hard. In this final weekend before the election I’m shifting from “tuning out” to “turning out”:
Moving America Forward Rally with President Obama
Saturday, October 30th
The Midway Plaisance Park, Hyde Park, Chicago
59th Street and Dorchester Avenue
Ticketed and Special Guests entrance:
58th and Dorchester Avenue.
Accessible from the From 57th Street Metra Station. Approach from 57th Street and Dorchester Avenue.General Admission entrance:
North and South sides of Woodlawn Avenue at both 59th and 60th.
58th and Dorchester Avenue. Accessible from the From 57th Street Metra
Station. Approach from 57th Street and Dorchester Avenue.
Parking is limited. Public transportation is highly recommended.
Doors open at 4:00
Rally is free and open to the public on a first come first serve
basis. RSVP is strongly encouraged via this link:
Attendees will go through airport-like security, please limit personal
items: the more brought, the longer it takes to process. No signs, no
sharp objects, no folding chairs, no big bags.
Parking is limited, use of public transportation and carpooling is
strongly encouraged. Site will be accessible via the 57th and 59th
Street Metra Stations as well as the Cottage Grove Green Line CTA
Station. Service will be increased on both the Green Line and the
Cottage Grove CTA Buses.
Here we are, just days before the Midterm elections and I’m fighting the urge to tune out. Yep, I’ve had it.
People who know me well, know that I love politics and debate about policy, etc. I’ve been active in political campaigns both local and national…worked tirelessly up until the last vote was counted…but this year I’m definitely feeling the effect of what may go down in history as the most contentius of election seasons. If you doubt it, listen to NPR’s story that aired this morning on the relative truth of this year’s political ads.
The endless negative ads, the robo calls at all hours, the tsunami of fundraising emails have worn me down. And if you listen closely to the campaign rhetoric and the media accounts of this election cycle, you’d think we should rename our country “The Divided States of America.”
I’ll be traveling on election day so I’ve already cast my absentee ballot…which was a nightmare in and of itself for a number of reasons. But I’ll spare you the details. So I’m essentially done. Maybe a few last “get out the vote” calls, but no more contributions, no more attention to untrue political ads. It’s over.
I hope that when all is said and done that, as a country, we’ll pause and take a slow, deep breath and stop to consider how extreme this election cycle has been and its true effects – beyond that of simply getting any one candidate elected over another. How many votes will be cast on Tuesday based on a candidate’s actual stand on public policy?
State and national political parties, and candidates in 2012 – you’re on notice: I, for one, expect better from you next time around. Our democratic process has been on shaky ground since the 2000 presidential election and this year has seen the worst. Clean up your act – the American people deserve…and expect better!