Lately, I haven't been as involved with skating boards, because the Democratic primary is coming up. Dear skating friends, if you regard yourself as a Democrat, or a person interested in these primaries, I urge you to register to vote. I urge you to go to Cspan's web site and review the film clips or read the transcripts of the candidates' speeches, at least some of them. Visit the candidates' websites.
As someone who has done this, I have been shocked at how inaccurately the positions of the candidates have been misrepresented, reduced to soundbites, and spun endlessly by news outlets that I had previously considered reputable.
One can expect that opposing candidates will do this, but the newspapers should report what the candidates actually said, and do the editorializing on the op ed page.
One of the most disgusting things in this USA is how few people actually vote in elections, but even more disgusting is how few vote in primaries. The primary is where you can actually make your voice heard. If you don't vote in the primaries, you have no right to complain that in the general election that you are making a choice between the lesser of two evils.
So this is a request: first investigate.
Then vote. I don't care whether the weather is bad. Many groups will provide you with a ride to the polls.
This is your country. If you don't care who governs you, you have no right to complain how it is done.
And if you are a Republican, you shouldn't be ignoring the primaries either. At least read the positions of the candidate who is finally nominated. You can't defend your candidate properly if you don't know what the other guy is saying. I can absolutely assure you that you wouldn't recognize the candidates from the press coverage, particularly on Fox.