Voting is not enough

Published 6:48 pm Tuesday, November 11, 2008

We Say is the Shelby County Reporter’s weekly staff editorial.

Last Wednesday, Spain Park High School held a patriotic pep rally designed to get students pumped up about the Presidential election — even though at least 90 percent of them couldn’t vote yet. Dancers outfitted in cute red, white and blue outfits moved to the beat of “I’m Proud to be an American” as students held up their McCain/Palin or Obama/Biden regalia, caught up in supporting their candidates.

For those teenagers, caring about the political process is a reality. It’s the same way all over the nation, as yesterday’s election sparked the past two years of incredible political involvement from all levels of society, from the young and old, the rich and the poor.

While most of us are glad this election’s over, we’re not ready to see this enthusiasm die away. It’s important to stay involved — after all, the political process never ends. Voting is essential, but it’s the least that can be done. There’s so much more. If you’re passionate about a cause, volunteer. Meet some people just like you and some completely unlike you — it’ll change your world view.

The election may be over, but yesterday’s furious rush to the polls and dash for the presidency was just the beginning.

Both candidates tried to run on the platform of change, but change has got to start from the ground up. It’s got to start with you. Stay involved, stay proud. Hopefully you did go and vote — but even if you did, you’re not done yet.