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John Eyster
Tuesday, November 6, 2012


IF you have not yet voted, I hope you will go to the polls to VOTE TODAY! I voted early taking advantage of the in person absentee voting on the FIRST day of that voting day: Monday, October 22, 2012. I think “early” voting is more and more convenient and therefore more and more popular. What should we do to encourage more US CITIZENS to VOTE?

EARLY VOTING - I myself think OREGON has the optimal voting system: VOTE-BY-MAIL! If you want to learn more about the OREGON system, I recommend the Wikipedia feature article, “Vote-by-mail in Oregon.” Why NOT use “vote-by-mail” in WI?

SALUTE to the Wisconsin State Journal for its valuable website to provide VOTERS with information directly from the candidates with the purpose of informing voters! I explored the Journal’s excellent resource, “Get informed, then go and vote” this morning.

YOU are able to access the website and by identifying YOUR ADDRESS you will be taken to the webpages for the candidates on YOUR ballot. Try it; I think you too will find it valuable.

And, once again, IF you need practical VOTER information, use this link to our Government Accountability Board’s “Voter Information Central.”

This interactive online website links to the basics so that YOU can double-check on the LOCATION of YOUR polling place, check on your voting history, see a sample ballot for YOUR polling location, verify your registration to vote, etc. I was amazed as I explored the “Voter Information Central.” Take a look!

I am not sure whether the video feature was on that website earlier, but this morning I noted the video, “Voting 101 Back to Basics Video.”

Take a look. COMMENDATION & THANKS to our Government Accountability Board for its conscientious work to help WE THE PEOPLE of WI vote as informed citizens!

I had planned to take a day off from my WE THE PEOPLE blog today, but several articles changed my mind since I think TODAY there is more attention to the ELECTION PROCESS. I HOPE SO! I think we need to carefully evaluate and REFORM our election process to make it more democratic. What do YOU think?

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorialized, “Let’s level playing field before the next election.”

The reality of the HUGE AMOUNT OF MONEY spent on the 2012 campaigns raises major concern both economically and ethically, as I see it.

I would join those who consider the US Supreme Court Decision “Citizens United” (2010)to be one of the worst decisions in the court’s history. The majority decision reflects a naiveté which is stunning! The tsunami-like wave of $$ would NOT undermine the quality of our election system?!

If you want to read more about the Supreme Court Decision, I suggest Wikipedia's feature article, "Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission."

I do NOT agree that MONEY and FREE SPEECH are the same! I do NOT agree that “CORPORATIONS” are persons! Do YOU? Explain to me, please. I shall read every comment.

IF you are ready to step back from the 2012 Election cycle and take a long-look about the future of our American political situation, I urge you to read Fareed Zakaria's OpEd article in the TIME (Nov. 12, 2012 issue), "Breaking the Deadlock: Taming a dysfunctional political system will be the next President's first priority."

Incisive analysis of the current situation in our American political system!

Did YOU know that ABRAHAM LINCOLN was elected US President on this date in 1860? I was interested to see the “On This Day” feature on the New York Times’ homepage: “On Nov. 6, 1860, former Illinois congressman Abraham Lincoln defeated three other candidates for the U.S. presidency.”

It was VERY meaningful and helpful to read through the feature articles on Lincoln in the November 5, 2012 issue of TIME.

For me, the MOST significant article was David Von Drehle's "Lincoln to the Rescue: What the master politican of 1862 can teach the Presidential hopefulls of 2012." I urge you to read it!

Most readers of my blog know that I am one of those who studies Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was the “Patron Saint” of WASHINGTON SEMINAR! The Seminar started and concluded at THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL with citation of the closing challenges of THE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS. It is my understanding that THE LINCOLN MEMORIAL is still the place where the Seminar field study starts and closed under the leadership of JOE VAN ROOY.

NOW, I am really excited to see Steven Spielberg's movie, "LINCOLN" which opens on Friday (11/09). If you want to see the trailer, it is available on YouTube. Use this link, "Lincoln."

I am a member of the Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin. You may want to findout more about the fellowship - use this link to the website, "The Lincoln Fellowship of Wisconsin." I am looking forward to the ANNUAL MEETING of the Fellowship at THE TALLMAN HOUSE on Saturday, April 13, 2013. OPTIMAL location!

I HOPE you vote in our 2012 Election! The countdown continues and I follow the GAB’s OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN regularly. As I post this on my blog – the countdown is: 0 Days – 1 Hours – 28 Minutes – 11 Seconds. If you want to check on the countdown NOW as you are reading WE THE PEOPLE blog, use this link, “Voter Information Center” posted by our WI Government Accountability Board.

VOTE TODAY if you have NOT voted early!

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 10:33 am Wednesday, August 28, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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