Pastors and rock stars are weighing in on this year’s presidential election, weighty words like “most important in my lifetime” being tossed in, as if to use their positions of influence, to sway the hoi polloi, rather than staying within their realm of responsibility and expertise. Websites show the rally for votes in accord with their selective issue biasing, like www.voteandpray.com and www.takebackourfaith.org, or just sheer celeb’ rock star status at Vote For Change rock tour. As one who doesn’t have strong feelings about politics, I find it demotivating to engage the conversation when there is so little dialogue, and so much selectivity on issues. Now, I realize with a whole mixed bag of issues, there has to be a sorting out of priorities. It’s too seriously complicated to set policies for a vastly diverse country, and still growing even more diverse in values, and what most people see and most people do is over-simplify on both sides, rarely engaging with those who differ. Having said that, I do vote, and do encourage people to vote.
[update: 2 more examples of mobilizing people to vote at ivotevalues.org and redeemthevote.com, courtesy of kevinpierpont.com – I don’t see how in good conscience they can say that they’re non-partisan!]