Schoolhouse Rock songs and cartoons helped shape the minds of many
Generation Xers. If you do not believe me, call out "I’m just a bill"
to a thirty-something friend and s/he will respond "on Capitol Hill."
Those fun-yet-eccentric messages played a part in making sure I voted
at my first opportunity-in 1992-and in nearly every election since.
While some play down the issue, this most basic of civic lessons has
been overlooked by California’s Republican nominee, Meg Whitman. I
have serious reservations about her non-voting record and feel there is "a better way."
Despite being one of the most essential of civic duties, voting can
also be one of the most easily abandoned in our busy lives. It is
understandable that we miss elections from time to time, perhaps in off
years or simply when suffering from voter fatigue.
To use a campaign
term, not everyone is a coveted high-propensity voter. That being said, however, should we not call for a higher standard
when it comes to our elected officials? If seeking national leadership
or the highest office of the state, is it unreasonable to expect that
s/he takes the time to vote? Some may not be enthused about the
youngest, and perhaps soon-to-be oldest, governor in the history of the
Golden State, while others question whether he has the "Eye of the
Tiger," but at least Jerry Brown has a record to run on, casts his ballot on a
regular basis and does not shy away from taking a position.