1 :the activities, actions, and policies that are used to gain and hold power in a government or to influence a government. 2 :a person’s opinions about the management of government

Early Voting has begun. Many do early voting when they know they’re going to be out of town, if they’re sick, or if they need to change residence.

There’s also the extra excitement of voting on Election Day!
This year it’s Tuesday, November 7th.

Word to the wise:
The Wise? Those who truly care about their communities and its future.

If someone asks you to vote for someone or NOT to vote for someone, ask why?

If someone offers money, gifts, employment, etc know they have a personal motive for getting one elected or not elected to a position.
Be extremely cautious about these type of individuals.
Their ulterior motive usually stretches far beyond their likes or dislikes of the candidate(s) or the term the candidate(s) is/are running.

If you want your community or county to be better, don’t look at what one person is currently offering you. It’s temporary!

Look at why that one is offering you something. It could have a long term impact on your community for generations to come, on property values, power, etc.
If someone is offering you something to do something or giving you something freely, don’t think they’re being charitable. People normally want and expect something in return.
Votes should never be bought nor should you be on the opposite receiving side. This is not only illegal and a crime if caught and proven, but it’s immoral. If someone is trying to buy your vote with money or gifts, that should be a MAJOR RED FLAG!

As one young woman said some time back, “money talks”.
How sad! It is so sad one prefers money over doing the right thing. It is so sad one prefers money and material things over living life without someone having control over their life and life choices.

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”

Those who can be purchased or bought as well as those who are in the purchasing business, beware of them and watch who they associate. You might be very surprised.

The adage “actions speak louder than words” is true.
Their words sound great,but their actions betray them.

Achievement like respect, work ethic, cleanliness, and making responsible choices has “no color” nor “economic boundaries”.

The “Real Deal” isn’t made behind closed doors, dinner parties, and private meetings.
You can’t change what you refuse to confront.

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea”, without being bought or aligning with one who seeks to become number one with no care of whom they devour or destroy.

“Dominance. Control. These things the unjust seek most of all. And so it is the duty of the just to defy dominance and to challenge control.”

An interesting thought:
“To find out who rules/controls or wants to control you, simply find out who you are not allowed/suppose to criticize.”
PEACE & JOY comes when you remove yourself from such toxic people.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”~~Martin Luther King Jr

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
~~Martin Luther King Jr

“Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
~~~~G.K. Chesterton

Voting is a responsibility and a privilege. Do your homework. Talk to like minded people, people whom you trust, people who know the candidate(s), people who know the job they’ve done, and people who follow their local government. Even if you’ve done can the above, TALK to the candidate(s) yourself! If you’re like me, you have a good sense of truthfulness when asking serious questions. You want your vote to be based on what’s best for your community and the future of your community.

I believe strongly our municipal elections are as important,  if not more so than our county, state,  or national elections.

If you don’t think so and choose not to vote, choose not to do your homework prior to voting, or allow your vote to be bought or gift driven please don’t complain when you don’t like what is happening in 2018 or 2019. It often takes years to see the results of an election.

Voting may seem to not matter to you and you may or may not believe that you matter.

The truth is you voting and believing you matter are very important responsibilities you have as an individual. God made you. He gave us free will. Your life and the life of others around you could be determined by your voice through voting or not voting responsibly in municipal, state, or national elections.

Remember….It is sad one prefers money and material things over living life without someone having control over their life and life choices.

“Bread and water can so easily be toast and tea”.

“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.”

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