Sedition – the causing of discontent, insurrection or resistance against a government. (Merriam-Webster)

A few days ago I was horrified to find a voting audit in my mailbox. A group calling itself “American’s for Limited Government” sent this reprehensible material out. In it was the voting record of my neighbors and myself – not who we had voted for of course – but whether or not we had voted in the last two presidential elections. The statistics were wrong because only two of us – and we were listed by name – lived in our neighborhood during the last election so they were listed as not voting. I was represented as not voting in 2004 even though I did but at a previous address.

What, I would like to know, is the purpose of this? Are they trying to pit neighbor against neighbor or are we to try and shame the neighborhood into voting? I can only imagine their purpose and it isn’t nice. The very invasive nature of this material is the exact opposite that their name implies, a clever decoy. My first three words to describe this material are awful, despicable, and disgusting. The lack of respect this shows removes any semblance of credibility from their organization. I want to sic the FBI on them, which isn’t practical – I know – but that is a left-over from my childhood. Unlike radio personalities who spout off to incite and entertain and ultimately – boost their ratings to make more money – this quiet invasion is very¬†insidious. All I can do is throw it away and hope everyone else does too.

After the election, the one thing I am sure of is that the world will keep on turning. I like my neighbors – whether or not they vote. That is their business, not mine, and I want to keep it that way. It must be time to bake cookies and pass them around the neighborhood.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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