Nurses GET OUT AND VOTE - page 2

I am calling upon all my fellow nurses to get out and vote for our next leaders. Take a friend with you take a neigbour take a fellow nurse. Lets have a say in our future.... Read More

  1. by   lamazeteacher
    Quote from MNmom3boys
    Agreed, and I have participated in/listened to/read many such discussions. My question stemmed from the fact that the OP implied that there was an imment election that we needed to be making arrangements to participate in. I am VERY aware of next year's elections, but have not felt the need to make specific plans for how or with whom to visit my local polling place yet. So, I just wanted to be sure that it was next fall's election she was referring to, and not some other local or less publicized election.
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    I remember being a young working mom, too exhausted at the end of the working day, to pay much attention to what was happening right outside my door.

    Things weren't as drastically off target then, however, and NOW no one can afford (literally) to lose sight of the importance of public office (and often the abuse of it). PLEASE, PLEASE PLAN FOR THIS ELECTION. Call both parties (or more, but realize that a 3rd party vote only weakens the number of votes for someone in the big 2) and ask for a representative to speak at a gathering you host. It doesn't have to be in your home - it can be at a local coffee shop that cooperates (usually near a University campus).

    Remember that the enthusiasm for the Ralph Nader's "Green" party in the '80s put Bush Sr. in office, by a small margin. We have so many people digging their heels in, to feel right about a party they and their families always supported, that they vote without thinking about it. We really need to know what those candidates both nationally and locally are, and if we can trust them to enact and support the things we believe in this time, or we'll be in the same fix we have now - unendurable health costs, war and all its ramifications (like enriching the rich, and killing or disabling the poor), global warming out of control, (due mostly to India and China's coal mines), and fraudulant use of our tax money.

    Offer rides to the polls for those who can't get there on their own, and discuss issues you know about with them - not coersively. If you wait to decide who to vote for at the polling place, it's not usually an informed way to vote. Fill out that blank you get in the mail and take it with you (I have forgotten mine, and regretted it).

    I know I do go on, but your and your children's futures are riding on this election. Nurses are on the frontlines of government spending! How proud we'll be when our efforts result in better times ahead.
  2. by   pickledpepperRN
    Quote from MNmom3boys
    Did I miss something? Local elections were last month, national next year. What I am missing?
    I depends on your state.

    Here is Minnesota:

    Minnesota Republican
    Presidential Nominating Process

    Precinct Caucuses / non-binding straw poll: Tuesday 5 February 2008
    BPOU Conventions: Saturday 15 March - Saturday 19 April 2008 (tentative date)
    District Conventions: Saturday 3 May - Saturday 24 May 2008 (tentative date)
    State Convention: Saturday 7 June 2008 (tentative date)

    Minnesota Democrat
    Presidential Nominating Process

    Precinct Caucuses: Tuesday 5 February 20081
    State Convention: Friday 6 June - Sunday 8 June 2008

    Minnesota
    Elections for Statewide offices and Congress

    Primary: Tuesday 9 September 2008
    General Election: Tuesday 4 November 2008

    Look up your state: http://www.thegreenpapers.com/
  3. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    That woman thought lawyers could fix the health care system...be real.....never asked nurses....and it's not about greed--having worked as a nurse for 21 years, I damned sure want to be able to pick my doctor and facility, and not have people die because they need to wait for surgeries and tx's, or can't use cutting edge meds for caancer etc...choice is what our nation is about...if you want o pay less, sign up for that kind of plan, just don't force me to...Yes..vote, but education and values clarification is essential...and if we were all paid the same as a nation of nurses, the shortage would balloon even more--we job hop and hunt for many reasons, and money is one of them
  4. by   MAISY, RN-ER
    546 Views. Only a few comments. Why don't nurses have a greater voice and persuasion about their jobs, income, patients, and our country? Because we don't look for common ground, but divisive points to discuss.

    Regardless of your party, be of open mind and vote.

    No one but you has your ideals, unfortunately we have to trust the person who is most likely to change our world for the better and best represents our hopes and dreams. A political party rarely does that.

    So for me, anyone who doesn't go with the flow, is interested in the people for whom I care, will not be swayed(because they will not be the norm), has a working knowledge of politics, world saavy and is extremely bright. That is my candidate. I have to believe she will change the face and actions of America for the better.

    If not, I'll surely be disappointed, but it can't be any worse than the past 8 years.

    JMHO
    Maisy
  5. by   Spidey's mom
    there are hundreds of comments on health care and politics on this website. this particular thread was about a particular issue - getting out and voting.

    "i am calling upon all my fellow nurses to get out and vote for our next leaders. take a friend with you take a neigbour (sic) take a fellow nurse. lets have a say in our future." dec 11, 2007

    universal health care is widely debated here . . .take a gander at "nursing issues" or "current events".

    as for me, i won't vote for someone simply because they are "anyone who doesn't go with the flow, is interested in the people for whom i care, will not be swayed(because they will not be the norm), has a working knowledge of politics, world saavy and is extremely bright.".

    if someone is all those things but doesn't believe in the same things i do, then they don't get my vote.

    if we are talking hillary - she is pretty much "anti" everything i believe in.

    sharon randall has a great column today about voting.

    "i wouldn't dare miss voting. my grandmother, like other women of her day, was denied the right to vote until passage of the 19th amendment in 1920. voting, to her, was personal. she made that clear to her 18 daughters and granddaughters. we were taught to honor that right, never take it for granted, or we'd have to answer to her. there are many reasons why i vote. mostly as a matter of respect and fear: respect for those who've been denied that right; and fear that if i fail to exercise it faithfully, it might one day be denied to me. and god help me, i'd have to answer to my grandmother. so i vote. you should too."

    so, i agree with voting . . .but not just because someone is smart, savvy, etc.

    steph


    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Jan 22, '08
  6. by   MAISY, RN-ER
    Like I said, vote for the candidate that best represents YOUR views and beliefs.
    Maisy
  7. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from MAISY, RN-ER
    Like I said, vote for the candidate that best represents YOUR views and beliefs.
    Maisy
    :flowersfo


    steph
  8. by   strider1500
    It matters WHO you vote for, but it's still a privilege as an American to vote.
  9. by   MNmom3boys
    Quote from strider1500
    It matters WHO you vote for, but it's still a privilege as an American to vote.
    I would actually say that it is a responsibility - both to ourselves and our children, and to our ancestors (as referred to in a previous post.) DS17 will be eligible and will be participating in next November's election. To me it (participating in elections) is as much of a coming of age ritual as learning to drive and graduating from high school.
  10. by   lamazeteacher
    Why not vote for a woman who was "boss" before? She's the only candidate who has healthcare as a priority!
  11. by   lamazeteacher
    I came to my condo in VA without getting an absentee ballot in CA, so I'm flying back there next week, to vote in the primary there Feb. 5 (and pick some huge Meyer lemons and grapefruit in Palm Springs....). I'll register to vote in VA next Nov.
  12. by   Patti 2nd gen RN
    Quote from lamazeteacher
    Why not vote for a woman who was "boss" before? She's the only candidate who has healthcare as a priority!
    No, her priorty is to make us into a socialist nation, and healthcare is just one example, one step on the journey..and she lives in deception...forget what she accepted in her own personal life..(an "someone" said as you can be trusted with little things, then so will you be trusted with bigger things)...she took an illegal position (which as a lawyer she had to know was illegal) when her husband was president--and she had to be forced out of it...and when she was voted to represent NY, she sold the home she bought there promptly...never lived with the people she was supposed to be representing.....
  13. by   lindarn
    Quote from Patti 2nd gen RN
    No, her priorty is to make us into a socialist nation, and healthcare is just one example, one step on the journey..and she lives in deception...forget what she accepted in her own personal life..(an "someone" said as you can be trusted with little things, then so will you be trusted with bigger things)...she took an illegal position (which as a lawyer she had to know was illegal) when her husband was president--and she had to be forced out of it...and when she was voted to represent NY, she sold the home she bought there promptly...never lived with the people she was supposed to be representing.....
    And my in laws are still fuming over that little "ruse" to get elected in NYS. The only people she represents in NYS are the minorities on welfare, illegal immigrants, who she speaks of as, "there are no illegal immigrant men or women". In other words, more votes for her. That says is all.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Spokane, Washington
    Last edit by lindarn on Jan 26, '08 : Reason: spelling

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