No time for fence sitters

The coming mid-term elections two odd weeks from now have been described as one of the most important polls in our lifetime.

This may be an exaggeration, but only slightly. We must agree that the Nov. 6 elections are extremely important for a variety of reasons. For one, the results will send a message to President Donald Trump. What that message is, we don’t know yet. While it is almost a given that the House will turn blue after the elections, it is not yet clear if the Democrats will end up with a slight majority, or an overwhelming one.

History is on the side of the Democrats, as midterm elections almost always trend away from the party of the incumbent president.

As for the Senate, it appears that the Republicans will still hold a small edge, thereby assuring that any attempt to impeach Mr. Trump will not prosper.

More importantly for our community, next month’s political exercise is yet another golden opportunity for our voice to be heard.

We are pleased to note that there are a good number of Fil-Ams running for various positions this year, especially women. Some are Republicans and some are Democrats.

We should take a good, hard look at every Fil-Am candidate and give them our vote if they are deemed worthy.

There are 435 seats up for grabs nationwide. As a percentage of the total US population, the Fil-Am community deserves  representation in the House. It goes without saying that the more Fil-Ams there are in the House, the better for our community.

Getting the best ones elected is easier said than done though. Perhaps the biggest enemy we as a community have is apathy. No doubt, some will simply stay away from the polling places because they do not see the point in casting their vote.

Some will say that their one vote will not make a difference, and that the winners are already clear as gleaned from the surveys.

This is wrong on so many levels. It is only through active participation of every qualified voter that democracy can thrive. But it is when the Fil-Am community empowers itself through the ballot that we can justifiably say that we are part of our democratic system.

In other words, this is not the time for fence sitters. Instead, this is a time for political activism, a time for us to send the cream of our crop to Congress to fight for the rights of our community.

It is a truism to say that every vote counts, but this is absolutely  valid. One of the worst things that we can imagine is for a good Fil-Am candidate to lose to his or her opponent by a small margin because some voters did not feel that the effort of going to a precinct then waiting in line for a few minutes to cast a vote was worth the effort. Nor will they take the smaller effort of voting by mail.

There should be no excuses. All Fil-Ams qualified to vote on Nov. 6 should do so. It’s the right thing to do.

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