Nov 9th, 2011 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

99 Percenters Include Most Seniors

Seniors and those on the edge of becoming so,  Boomers, and those now taking up the challenges of aging are at a significant and highly challenging crossroads in human history.  There is almost nowhere one can turn today which is not met with peril and unpredictability.  Unless one is a charter member of the One percenters, it is likely that, being faced with many of the economic realities, one must do some readjusting and reevaluating.

Thus, the question “What is it going to take?”  What is it going to take to pull out of this “mess,” as recently labeled by former President Clinton?  What is it going to take to address the issues being dramatically posed by the 99 percenters in cities across America and around the globe?  This is no imaginary movement.  It is fraught with real issues, genuine pain, and forthright indictments about the shape of American life.

When the economic underpinnings begin to collapse, when the political infrastructure of a nation show such signs of stress, when unemployment runs so high that increasingly there are those with decreasing means it is time to realize that Americans must step boldly forward. No one person holding no one office is going to do it for us.  No one movement, whatever its appeal to patriotism, can provide a workable and reasonable solution.  No old line party, with little to offer in innovative  problem solving, can stir the zeal of the American people.

What Senior Voters Need to Think About

What it is going to take are things like the following:

  • Start today writing your congress persons, letting them know that you are serious when it comes to the question of voting them out of office, unless they demonstrate, and right soon, an ability to work in behalf of you, the voter.
  • Keep the correspondence going to officials of all stripes.  Flood them with emails, letters, petitions, all forms of communications which lets them know you are watching them and you will act accordingly.
  • When/if/as bills come up in Congress be aware of what they are.  If they are frivolous, time wasting detours from real issues, let them know you think they are wasting time and failing to work in behalf of real issues that impact real people.
  • Stir up the local electorate by submitting letters to the editor.  Work up your courage to stimulate others to do the same.
  • Attend, and encourage others to do so, town hall meetings when your representatives will be present.  Express your feelings and insights.
  • After the event, encourage those who attended to communicate with the representative’s office, letting him/her know you are serious about your concerns.  Ask specific questions which require a reply.
  • Join a group who call elected officials with frequency. Register your concerns.  Tell them you want the elected person to know you called.
  • If you can afford it, start contributing to those campaigns that reflect your concerns.  Join phone banks, distribute literature, appeal to your acquaintances to become more heavily involved.
  • Be sure you are registered to vote.  If there are efforts in your state promoting voter ID, stand against it.  The right to vote is a democratic right and should not be discouraged.

There are numerous other activities in which you may find meaningful engagement.  Identify them and get to work soon.  In your spare time, read from numerous sources, watch reports, listen to polling numbers, keep your finger on the pulse of what’s gong on. Be an educated voter. Be a thorn in the side of politicians.  Let them know you are here and you are serious.

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