Category Archives: Voting

Voting for Change

I listened to President Obama’s speech at Knox College this afternoon and heard him recount the policies that led to our current economic stagnation and then reiterate his ideas for stimulating growth in employment and earnings. He also reminded the audience of how Congressional Republicans have been an obstacle to his economic agenda but seemed to believe that they would somehow change their minds. What needs to change instead is the makeup of Congress, and that is possible only through voting. In his speech, Obama missed an opportunity to emphasize that change begins in the voting booth. The primacy of voting over all other forms of civic engagement is a theme that I emphasized in my inaugural post and in a recent one.