Guardian Express: The power in your voice

By Cheyenne Kent

Last week, some of the powers that try to push the machine stepped out into the light and were shut down by the citizens of Wisconsin. It’s amazing to me that there is power beyond government that can attempt to uproot a man from his seat as Governor simply because they disagree with his choices. Now, had his choices been reaping negative outcomes, we could look at this with different eyes, but Governor Scott Walker’s work was not only working, it was actually working very well, and for that, and the fact that there were some people upset by his work, his seat of leadership was put in danger.

This situation is a clear and direct wake-up call that there are strings being pulled in government. It was the loudest declaration in years that said, “If you don’t play by our rules, we WILL kick you out.”
Thankfully, the people rallied behind him and stood up and said, “we’re not going to take it.”

But how many other times does something like this happen that does not see the light of day? How many other ‘good guys’ have been ridiculed and framed in their efforts to serve the people against the tide?
The job of a public figure is one of the hardest jobs there is. Everything they do is open for public evaluation and ridicule. How would you respond if it were you being scrutinized? Yes, they did volunteer for this position in life, but if they didn’t, would you have? And if no one did volunteer, then what? And if you did step up to take on the challenge of representing the people, would your history be totally spotless?

Think about these things the next time you take in some information from a candidate attack in a television commercial. Ask yourself if there is any proof of what is being said and in what way do I need to respond to this information if at all.

It used to be the responsibility of the journalist to inspect before reporting. Today, however, with the advent of personal blogs (which sometimes appear real), political censoring, commentary news shows (which often make jokes in a way that make lies seem like reality) and the everlasting tabloid magazines. Just as ensuring that Scott Walker was not persecuted for solving problems fell to we, the people, today the responsibility of identifying accuracy falls to you, the reader.

This is an unfair responsibility and the only way to combat it is to stand up and say something about it. The ball is passed to you to demand that what is right be done. Demand evidence for negative accusations, ignore tabloid articles that drag your favorite celebrities through the mud and tell politicians you would rather here what THEY are going to do to lead you to a better life rather than hear them bash the other guy.

You have the power to change the world, and you just don’t exercise it. Let’s take what happened in Wisconsin and use it as a stepping stone here in Las Vegas. When you vote on June 12th, or when you choose to not vote, remember that what you want matters, and what you decide makes all the difference in the world. Take the time to follow your heart, and don’t just vote for whichever name sounds familiar. And if you don’t know who they are, then vote for the side whose values most closely match your own. If it’s been a while since you looked at the difference between the parties, now is the time. Your choice may look a little different than it did years ago.

Of all things, just remember this: You own the government. It was created by the people and for the people, and if you stand up and say so, the world will have to listen. Do not be afraid. Do not be dismayed. Your voice matters, and we need the power and ideas inside of you in order to make this thing work. Vote and vote well. Take the time to look at who you select, otherwise you have no right to complain if our situation does not begin to improve.

Vote and vote well. Together, we can accomplish anything.

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