“I’m not going to vote — it’s only primaries.”
Primaries or not, this is your chance to change the course of human events. OK, maybe just the course of events in Boone County and Missouri, but your voice needs to be heard.
Unfortunately, the “I'm not voting” mantra is not new, and Tuesday will, unfortunately, see a comparatively small percentage of registered voters taking the short trip before or after work to the local polling location.
There are two parts to the Aug. 3 election. There are the primaries, and there is Proposition C, determining whether Missouri will challenge the federal government and redefine the Supremacy Clause (Article IV, Section 2) and the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
In the U.S. Senate race there are nine candidates running on the Republican ticket, three for the Democrats and two each for the Libertarians and the Constitutionalists.
For Democrats, the next associate circuit judge for Missouri’s Circuit 13, Division 5 court is up for grabs. There are no challengers outside of that party, so the Democratic votes on Tuesday are, in fact, the primary votes for this office.
If you are thinking, “Big deal. No one cares about voting for judges,” you are wrong. What if your case was to be heard by that court? Kim Shaw certainly has the credentials to be the next associate circuit judge. The incumbent, Larry Bryson, has been on the bench for over two decades. Take a little time and review their websites.
Last week, I e-mailed both candidates and asked why the public selection of judges is so important. Both said that it is by far the fairest method of choosing justices. Though a partisan race, there is little political partisanship involved.
Judge Bryson led me to Section 2.03, Cannon 5 of the Missouri Supreme Court rules, restricting what a judge or candidate for judgeship may or may not do outside of their own campaigns. For example, paragraph 4 states that “A judge shall not engage in any other political activity except on behalf of measures to improve the law, the legal system, or the administration of justice.” So, they will not be campaigning for or against Proposition C.
In addition, Ms. Shaw said, “though (Boone is) a pretty good sized county, we are small enough that everyone knows everyone and if you don't know them, a friend or family member will.” This is certainly not true in St. Louis or Kansas City.
Their race, more so than others, is one of integrity and adherence to the law. This is not a personality race. Judgeship elections reaffirm The Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.
Proposition C is the hot issue, not just for Missouri but also for every state in the Union. Yet the “Health Care Freedom Act,” has been sitting under the radar. Take some time to read it; it is not that long.
In addition to denying “the government authority to penalize citizens for refusing to purchase private health insurance or infringe upon the right to offer or accept direct payment for lawful healthcare services,” the ballot issue would also change the insurance laws, providing a needed clarification of the rules for dissolving a stock insurance company.
Though both subjects under Proposition C fit under the heading of “insurance law,” they are two different things. The first says, “Forget the federal government and the Constitution — we ain’t participating.” The second sets specific criteria for a public insurance company to go out of business, like not collecting premiums in the last five years and having all outstanding claims paid.
Voting is your patriotic responsibility. If you do not vote, you have lost your voice in government.
My mind is made up and my voice is clear on Proposition C. Its passage appears to be unconstitutional. I urge you to vote “No.”
If you have not received a sample ballot yet, go to the Boone County clerk's website. Do a search under your name. Make sure your personal information is correct. Then, click your name and the sample ballots for all four parties, as well as one for unaffiliated voters, will appear.
David Rosman is an award-winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics. You can read more of David’s commentaries at InkandVoice.com and New York Journal of Books.