Being a part of the election process

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 13, 2011

Recently, while discussing politics, a close friend of mine told me the political season is my time of the year. I agree.

In the next few weeks, registered voters will have an opportunity to qualify for many of the public offices that will be available. I’m a firm believer that no elected official should go unopposed. I just feel sorry for the people, living in a democracy, who refuse to get involved, either as a candidate or an active supporter.

I think competition in the political world is healthy for all concerned. The reason people hesitate to seek public office is because of the lackadaisical attitude of the registered voters. When working with others on a campaign, I always say that our candidate

will either win or lose. Our goal should be that, regardless of the outcome, we will be better citizens for taking part in the process.

Many people consider politics a dirty business. I strongly disagree.

It all depends on the character of the people getting involved. Some of the most sincere and honest people I’ve ever met were during a campaign to elect the person of their choice.

I’ll be active again this year. Some of my close friends have advised that I should back off and not be so involved. I guarantee that will never happen. I will never discourage a person from running for public office. In fact, I will always encourage participation in the democratic process.

All polls show at least 20 percent of the registered voters are undecided. I often tell people if you can’t make up your mind, call me, and I’ll tell you who to vote for. The job of a supporter is to influence others to vote for their candidate. Do we all make bad decisions at times? Absolutely, but that’s no reason to give up.

Many people vote for a particular candidate because it might be

personally good for them. I hope

this election we will consider what’s best for the future of our community.

If you have any questions or comments, please write to Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084, call 985-652-8477, or email