by Jody Reynard
The other day I got a knock at my door. It was a candidate for state senate. I was shocked, appalled and impressed at the same time! He actually came to my apartment door; I got a home visit! Brace yourselves… I’m gonna get political.
And my message is: WE MUST GO OUT AND VOTE! I know it’s the same old diatribe repeated over and over again. It’s said on multiple platforms from books to Tony nominees saying that we must project our voice. I am getting tired of hearing it myself! Every four years, countless ads bombard my mail, my TV and my phone with candidates presenting themselves with their own solutions to today’s problems and their want of my vote. Ironically, it is vital that we listen.
Voting is a privilege. A rite of passage that we are granted. It should almost evoke feelings equal to that of finally getting an AEA card or stepping onto a Broadway stage for the first time. What we do at the polls is just as life-changing… especially in today’s political climate. We have the power to enact change, but we have to show up at the voting booth.
Regardless of your preferences on the political spectrum, everyone has the right to vote and should. But one party (which is currently in charge of the government) has tendencies towards the taking away of civil rights AND the cutting of arts funding. We as ensemblists and artists have to do something about this. This type of governing endangers our way of life. It marginalizes large numbers of people and we must act by going to the polls!
If not simply to enact change, we should vote for the right to complain. Complaining too, seems to be a rite of passage… and we all do it... but like Dollar Friday, you gotta be in it to win it. So, care enough to support your complaints with a registered choice. Rag on DC all you want, just show up at the polls!
I think I might sound like one of those exasperating ads I mentioned earlier, but truly I’ve taken voting for granted. I always did it myself, but I never advocated for others to do so. The small percentages of how much of the country actually votes are staggering! We cannot throw our hands up in frustration. We can make it better. We have to take those first steps toward actual change. Use your right this November. Make that choice to vote. Know that your one vote can and will make a difference. Enact change in our government… and also at our next AEA elections!