Not a Spectator Sport

Jun 13, 2018

To the Editor:

The League of Women Voters’ Lotte Scharfman is credited with coining the phrase “Democracy is not a spectator sport.” Scharfman, a refugee of Nazi Germany, was the league’s president until her death in 1970. She stated that for democracy to “work,” you have to participate; you cannot simply be an observer.

As the saying goes, Americans will cross an ocean to fight a war, but not cross the street to vote – a right for which so many have shed their blood and tears. A low voter turnout is again predicted for this year’s November midterm elections. Being a no-show at the polls is the same as surrendering your vote to a neighbor who may not share your values.

If you are concerned with the direction of our government, now is time to vote for candidates who defend the police, law and order and family values and reject those who advocate for legalized recreational marijuana, open borders, sanctuary cities, drivers licenses for illegal aliens, taxpayer-funded tuition for undocumented immigrants, higher gas and sales tax, abortion on demand, disrespecting our flag and removing religion from our public discourse.

Voter turnout decides elections. Go to the polls in November and vote for the lawmakers who will exercise fiscal discipline by lowering our highest-in-the-nation property taxes and fully restore the homestead credit, a benefit that the disabled and seniors on a fixed income need to maintain and keep them in their homes.

Art Mooney

Little Egg Harbor


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