In 1993, San Francisco citizens came out in droves to vote to allow a police officer to “walk his beat with a ventriloquist’s dummy,” according to Mentalfloss.com. This was part of a program to “break down barriers between citizens and police.” Nothing screams “trust me” like a grown man walking down the street with a gun in one hand and a handful of Muppet butt in the other. The citizens came out, though, to say: Yes, we want a cop with a puppet.
In 2005, Carrie Underwood won American Idol with “500 million votes cast in the season and 37 million for the finale,” according to Wikipedia.com. People left work early, refused social engagements and declined to take their kids to the park in order to vote on the success or failure of something that had nothing to do with anything (well, no one knows how invested you might be in Carrie Underwood).
Also, according to Wikipedia, 250,056,000 people turned out to vote in the Presidential election of 2016.
Someone check the math here, but doesn’t that mean that 249,944,000 more people voted for the outcome of a television show than for the election of a President?
Here in Kentucky, Tuesday, November 5th is the regular gubernatorial election. We have the chance to get out and vote for our next governor. As American citizens, we should take our civic duties seriously. If you get called for jury duty, go. If you must pay school taxes with no school aged children in sight, pay (we need the kids to be literate). Don’t complain that your taxes are going towards roads, police and firefighters.
We need these things.
We also need difference of opinions. No one cares what side of the aisle you might happen to be on. The beauty of our system is that everyone’s voice matters. It also matters that a lot of brave women and men fought for our right to stand up and be counted. Whether or not you have an issue with the Electoral College, you still get the opportunity to yell your opinion, with a pre-chewed No. 2 pencil, at the ballot box. It’s also a lot more fun to be able to say, “Well, I didn’t vote for him/her” when something goes wrong.
No one at Bourke Accounting will ask if you voted. No one at Bourke Accounting will ask what side you voted for (Bill says one should never discuss sex, politics or religion in the workplace). Just like Bourke Accounting is part of a trusted tradition, our electoral process is part of our own trusted tradition as American citizens. So, after you vote tomorrow, give a call and see what Bourke Accounting can do for you.
Written by Sue H.