It’s already old news by this morning that last night, Al Gore finally stepped up to the plate and endorsed Barack Obama for President. We could have a debate about whether or not he should have or could have done this during the primary, but it would be sort of silly. Obama has won the nomination without him. We could also have a pretty interesting discussion about whether or not Gore would have done this for Clinton, but that might also be silly and fruitless. Of course, if you want to have the debate, I’m up for it. Just ask.
What I’d like to focus on, though, is part of the text from Gore’s endorsement. If you’d like to watch the whole thing and Obama’s speech after, please head over to Zennie’s Zeitgeist. Really, please head over there and watch it. You’ll be glad you did. But I just want to look at a piece of Gore’s endorsement that ties up something I’ve tried to focus on here at AshPolitics.
I’ve said recently that if you care about our Constitution, you should, “Do your homework and use your vote.” I trust that as you read my blogs and the blogs of others, as you learn about the issues facing us in this election, you will figure out that elections matter. Al Gore went to the same place in his endorsement:
In looking back over the last eight years, I can tell you that we have already learned one important fact since the year 2000: take it from me, elections matter. If you think the next appointments to our Supreme Court are important, you know that elections matter. If you live in the city of New Orleans, you know that elections matter. If you or a member of your family are serving in the active military, the National Guard or Reserves, you know that elections matter. If you’re a wounded veteran, you know that elections matter. If you lost your job, if you’re struggling with your mortgage, you know that elections matter. If you care about a clean environment, if you want a government that protects you instead of special interests, you know that elections matter. If you care about food safety, if you like a T on your BLT, you know that elections matter. If you bought poisoned, lead-filled toys from China or adulterated medicine made in China, if you bought tainted pet food made in China, you know that elections matter! After the last eight years, even our dogs and cats have learned that elections matter.
Pay attention to the second sentence there: “If you think the next appointments to our Supreme Court are important, you know that elections matter.” Reproductive choice matters. The right to habeas corpus matters. Supreme Court justices, therefore, matter. Who we put in the White House, who has the opportunity to appoint justices to the Court, therefore, matters. It matters very much.
If you aren’t registered to vote, then for heaven’s sake, get registered. Learn about the candidates. Get educated on the issues. And then use your vote wisely. Elections matter, folks. They really matter.