Some Post Election Thoughts
Like many, I like many breathed a sigh of relief and at the end of Election Day when the results were in, and finally relaxed after a tense night. It was a good outcome from the elections. What scares me though is knowing how many people will be happy with the outcome and become complacent, then complain in 4 years when the progress they wanted did not happen. The last thing we need to do is become complacent and do nothing. Just because the politicians we favor won means the maximum potential for change will occur. If we just wait for the progress we expect, the next election day will come a little too quickly...
We get to go to the polls every so often to cast our vote for elected officials. These spaced out occasions are not the only time though we can act. The time we can act happens every day as the sun rises. Every day we can be the leaders we want to see in this nation. Remember, we elected "elected officials" aka "politicians", not Leaders. Although some do take leadership, many do not, and stalling of progress is inevitable.
If we want to see the progress we hoped for as we cast our votes, we cannot remain idle and wait for it; we have to LEAD: lead in our communities, lead on our school campuses, and teach our friends, family, community, and elected officials how to be a Leader as well.
We can call our elected officials, send them emails, post on their facebook, tweet at them, bird-dog them, hold them accountable for their actions, even learn how to write bills and give it to them to propose,
We can cycle petitions on issues in our community to give to our elected officials, and try to get a ballot initiative on the next ballot,
We can organize to make great change, organize to create power within the people, and organize to make our community a better place,
We can attend public hearings and council meetings, visit our statehouses and sit in on committees, testify in front of these governing bodies, and write comments on proposed agency actions,
We can write op-eds or letters to the editor, contact the media, or become our own media; and make our voices known,
We can educate those we come into contact with, agitate their feelings over real issues, then empower them to join our growing movement, and involve our campuses, communities, friends, peers, educators, students, networks, and more.
The choices and opportunities are endless.
Politicians are elected; Leaders step up on their own. “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi