Everybody knows that Citizenship Day is in September, but on this day of midterm elections, falling leaves, and poetry to share, November 06 is officially Citizenship Day
at The Pub.
No doubt each of us already has a full schedule and yet there are things that need to be done for the sake of our country, our community, our psyche.
First on that list is Vote.
It is a privilege and a luxury that so many in this world do not have. Various countries have various ways of dealing with the problem of apathy.
In Belgium: “Belgium has the oldest existing compulsory voting system, introduced in 1892 for men and 1949 for women. People aged 18 and over who do not vote face a moderate fine or, if they fail to vote in at least four elections, they can lose the right to vote for 10 years. Non-voters also face difficulties getting a job in the public sector
In Australia: “Electors who fail to vote at a State election and do not provide a valid and sufficient reason for such failure will be fined. The penalty for first time offenders is $20 and this increases to $50 if you have previously paid a penalty or been convicted of this offence.”
In Bolivia: “In 1952, Bolivia began to give voters a card to prove their participation at an election. If voters cannot show this proof-of-voting card during the three months after the election, they can be prevented from drawing their salary from the bank.”
In Greece, not voting makes it difficult for citizens to obtain a new passport or driver’s license.
I’m not sure compulsory voting is the answer but it is one answer.
So, I’m hoping that all eligible voters will get out and vote today, and that all eligible poets will post a poem at The Pub, and that everyone will read a whole bunch of poems at The Pub. for sure there are bunches and bunches of poems at The Pub. Many of them
have not received the recognition they’re due.
Let’s get back to leaving comments, to appreciating the work of others, to keep on writing and sharing and encouraging.
As Aristotle said, It is not always the same thing to be a good poet and a good citizen. Okay, he didn’t really. What he said was ““It is not always the same thing to be a good man and a good citizen.” and that set my mind to thinking about what being a good citizen means.
Cast a vote for your country; cast a vote for your community; cast a vote for the psyche.