There’s more to November than just one election

On Nov. 4, 2008 the nation will head to the voting booths. You better be there, it’s beyond us why you wouldn’t be.That being said, there is more than just getting there and picking who you think will make the best president and vice president.That’s because on election day this year all 435 seats in the House of Representatives and 35 Senate seats representing several states, including Vermont, will be up for grabs.Furthermore, voters in Vermont, Utah, North Dakota, West Virginia, Washington, Montana, New Hampshire, Missouri, North Carolina and Delaware will be choosing their next governor’s as well.Every state across the country will be holding some sort of local election. In Vermont, for example, state representative, state treasurer, secretary of state, attorney general and state senator are all spots up for contest.When you head to the booth, you will be making several vital decisions.America is struggling now. Too long has our government been controlled by the interests of corporations and industry lobbyists.Last week, the bailout plan was rejected. This week, it passed. For those of us on either side of the fence regarding the bailout, there is celebration to be made for the original rejection. America flexed its democratic muscle and the government listened.Thousands of e-mails and phone calls jammed the lines and crashed servers as citizens begged their senators and representatives to make wise choices in the bailout, causing many to pass on the bailout the first time around.This is what we need to remember these people are here for. They are here to represent us, to protect us and ensure our desires are met to the best of their abilities.Do your research. Know who your candidates are in your town, your state and your country.Do your best to make sure your needs are fully represented. This is a country for the people, by the people.Americans need serious change in this coming election. But it doesn’t come from the top two executives. It comes from across the board.We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity refuse to be ignored and will hold ourselves accountable for the choices our government makes because we chose them to represent us.