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Your Vote Counts, But Only If You Use It

It’s up to us to hold our elected officials accountable.

WV State house dome is visible through trees from afar 

“Trump Florida Resort Chosen for Next Year’s G-7 Summit” wrote the headlines last month. This was no surprise since our hotelier-in-chief had announced his intentions at this year’s Summit in Europe. 

Thankfully, enough members of his own party found this a bridge too far and he soon announced a different location would be found. 

We’ve never had a president seek to make foreign money from his position as leader of the free world, something explicitly forbidden in the Constitution.

This unconstitutional abuse of power has been mostly ignored by the ruling party in Washington. Likewise, the ruling party in Charleston has ignored and even supported our governor’s Greenbrier Resort as the staging for everything from his inaugural festivities to a host of state meetings. This has resulted in hundreds of thousands of state dollars flowing into our governor’s business.

Neither our billionaire governor nor the billionaire president thinks the normal rules of ethics apply to them. They both refuse to put their business interests into blind trusts while they’re supposed to be attending to the business of running our state and nation. We deserve better.

We deserve leaders who work full-time for the betterment of our state and nation as our forefathers planned. Instead, we have a governor who took only one media question at his press conference touting the recent spike in state revenue. – mislabeling it a booming economy. Instead, journalists scratched their heads, until they learned he had rushed over to federal court to answer questions for hours about a lawsuit settlement for one of his coal companies.

It’s our constitutional right and duty to hold our elected leaders accountable. That duty can best be exercised at the voting booth. Historically only about 50% of WV citizens who are eligible to vote actually do get out and vote.

Will you pledge to get out and vote? Or will you just remain a spectator?  Reading this is a good start, but take the next step and check your voter registration to make sure it’s up to date and you know where to vote. Or, if you’re not registered, you can do that. 

Here’s the link: https://ovr.sos.wv.gov/Register/Landing

If you don’t vote, don’t complain….