October 6, 2011 I voted in the Memphis Municipal Election.
I went into the almost vacant polling station, I walked up to imaginary voting line but was immediately ushered over to the table (since there was no line), I got my card, I cast my votes and five minutes later I was walking back to my car.
As I was voting, I scanned over the candidates names and some of them I was very familiar with and some I had never heard of before. Being that I already knew who I was voting for before I arrived, I quickly made my selections and took note that many of the candidates names were the same scoundrels who stayed hogging the airwaves all year long due to their scandalous behavior or their messy meeting manners.
Then election time comes and they put on their spiffy clothes and begin campaigning. They go into the neighborhoods they wish to represent sticking campaign signs in people’s yards (These are the same neighborhoods they won’t even get a pothole fixed in or make sure the parks are clean and the grass is cut). They smile really bright and recite their rehearsed bullshit.
However, I have lived in Memphis 30 years and I don’t see much of shit that they are doing. Excuse my language but what exactly are they doing besides holding meetings just to criticize each other and act like low-class clowns?
All year-long we see politicians making the news for acting like douchebags, yet when election time comes they start their campaigning and lying. I think they keep index cards in their purses and pockets just to remember the crap they have rehearsed.
Dear citizens, I will fight for your rights, I will bring jobs back to this city, I won’t raise taxes blah blah blah….
Yet once they are elected the jiggin’ starts. Everything they told the citizens goes out the window. Suddenly unemployment isn’t important because their jiggin’ ass is employed and so is their mother, sister, brother and every other close relative. Those that aren’t employed they will surely do their best to find them a good job with the City regardless of the other 500 applicants who applied and were never hired.
Their next order of business is to find ways to spend money that they proclaimed all year-long that the city didn’t have. The money they’d like to spend on ANOTHER unnecessary yet somehow mandatory item is the same money they fought at city council and other political meetings about all year-long.
Either I’m slow or politicians are crooked as hell AND can only care about spending money wisely when it’s theirs!
So on election day when the polling stations are vacant as hell maybe the politicians should talk to some of the people who don’t vote and see why they choose not to. I wonder if they would like to hear the truth about why people who are eligible to vote won’t even do so…
This is what I have heard over and over again from people who can but DON”T vote
- I don’t vote because my vote doesn’t count anyway
- I don’t vote because all of the politicians are the same, once they win they don’t do anything they promised to do.
- I don’t vote because this entire city is full of crooked politicians,we can’t win for losing.
- I don’t vote because things never change whether we get a Democrat or a Republican the outcome is the same.
I am in no way saying that I agree with people not voting, but I am saying that I can totally relate to their reasons for not voting.
I am proud to have the right to vote, especially since our ancestors fought for this right, and if for no other reason than that I will make it my business to cast my vote during each election.
…..lonely I stand in the imaginary line at the polling station….Five minutes max is all it takes because there is no one there to hold up the line or even FORM the line…
and by the way the Memphis/Bass Pro deal is one of the stupidest ideas I have heard in quite some time. More money for more bullcrap that the city doesn’t need. I don’t know of ONE person who will be utilizing a Bass Pro Shop the size of the Memphis Pyramid…I wonder which politician thought up this one?!??!