The 2008 Presidential Race intensifies next week as Iowans caucus and New Hampshire residents vote in their primary. In the next eight weeks we will select our Republican and Democratic presidential candidates. Then comes the long, long haul to the November elections.
The Pagan Voting Project encourages Pagans across the country to be informed and involved citizens, to register to vote and to go to the polls in November. Pagans can go to the PVP to register to vote, get information on issues and candidates, and to download PVP banners to add to their own websites.
13 Reasons Why Pagans Should Vote
â€œDecisions are made by those who show upâ€
Many of us come from proud traditions that used a Council and other forms of the voting process to make decisions. Native Americans, Vikings, the Greeks, and other Pagan cultures valued this right highly, and fought to keep it.
Voting is an ancient Pagan tradition. Apathy, on the other hand, is a modern invention â€“ it suits those in power very well indeed, but it disempowers you!
Itâ€™s easy to say, â€œNever again the burning timesâ€, but actions speak louder than words. Let them know we mean it. Vote!
Our government was designed for citizen participation. If you don’t vote, other people are going to make the decisions for you. There are people out there who hate us, and who want to take away our rights and freedoms. They are organized, they are active, and they vote. What about you?
They fought long and hard for the freedoms we have today. Let us respect this heritage and use the rights they won for us all.
If you are eligible to vote, but choose not to, no one should ever have to listen to you whine about the laws and policies of this country. Donâ€™t vote? Donâ€™t Complain!
The last Presidential Election proved that every vote matters.
The next President will appoint the next (2 – 3) members of the U.S Supreme Court. They dictate what freedoms stay and what freedoms are eliminated by their interpretation of the Constitution. These people have a direct (and final!) say in issues that affect us all
(See Issues List below).
Most politicians think that Pagans are a bunch of apathetic wing nuts who never vote. Why then, should they listen to us? But they watch â€œvoting trendsâ€ the way a hawk watches a rabbit. Groups who are known to vote on certain issues have political power which they can use to promote positive change for other like-minded citizens. That said, Pagans do not all have to vote the same way or even vote as a group. What matters is that they know we’re out there and that we vote.
Elected Officials make decisions on things that matter to us personally like the environment, jobs, reproductive freedom, education, and health care. Voting is your chance to tell them what you want.
The Federal & State government decides who gets to benefit from the tax dollars we all pay. Politicians control these purse strings, and they hand down money from above for things like collage loans, animal shelters, libraries, breast cancer research, and more. Make sure that the causes and services you care about get funded. Vote!
Donâ€™t believe us? Take a look at women’s lives before they had the power of the vote, and see how different things are now. Then look at the struggle for civil rights (including the right to vote) by people of color No one handed their rights to these folks â€“ they had to demand them. And many were beaten, jailed, and killed in the process.
Today, people in other countries are literally dying for the chance to vote because they know how important it is. Social change is only possible when we stand up to be counted. So stand up!
In Congress only 13 percent of the members are people of color, and only 14 percent are women. Want to change that ratio? Vote!
Right now, there are two major political parties in the U.S. These parties see the world in very different ways and each will make different decisions. Their choices will directly affect your future. Meanwhile, minority opinions still struggle to be heard.
Question: Who gets to decide what direction we take?
Answer: Only voters decide.
â— Privacy and Technology â— Religious Liberty â— Health Care â—
â— Reproductive Rights â— Jobs â— The Environment â—
â— National Security â— Free Speech â— Marriage Laws â—
â—The Protection of Endangered Species & National Forests â—
â— Lesbian & Gay Rights â— Drug Policy â— Energy Policy â—
â— Studentâ€™s Rights â— Womenâ€™s Rights â— Racial Equality â— HIV/Aids
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