MICHAELA GIBSON MORRIS: Who’s to blame? Only the shoes know for sure

There’s a dangerous conspiracy afoot. It threatens the safety and sanctity of the home – at least mine. Blood has been drawn and injuries sustained in this stealthy battle for solid ground.
Despite the amount of mail they’ve sent to my house in the past few weeks, I’ve been unable to uncover any connection to judges or legislators.
It would be very satisfying to lay the blame at their feet; they’ve kicked up enough mud in the past two weeks. But I doubt I can pin the “Attack of the Shoes” on them.
Three weeks ago, I dislocated a toe when I tripped over a shoe in the closet. On Saturday, I tripped over another pair of shoes and twisted my ankle. I can only limp around the house and office and pray my wrists aren’t next.
As much as I’d like to blame someone – husband, children, Congressional candidates – for the pain and suffering my poor feet have endured, I can’t. It’s up to me to watch my step. It’s my responsibility to clear the decks around the house.
On election day, we have to separate our anger over the current state of public affairs from the reality of what elected officials have done and can realistically accomplish.
Certainly there are plenty of things our elected leaders need to answer for. And it’s our responsibility to hold them accountable. We must cut through the clutter and slogans to the heart of the matter.
It’s easy to just tune out when the ads get ugly. But we’re part of the problem, too.
We want our elected leaders to be rational and attentive to the needs of our region and our country. But as voters, we seem to swing between being irrational and apathetic to the issues of the day. No wonder politicians start shouting to get our attention.
We say we want our legislators to work across party lines, but they get pilloried during the election cycle for not being true to their party’s ideals if they show a hint of bipartisanship.
We fret over budget deficits that are too big, but we get hopping mad when the causes closest to our hearts fall under the chopping block.
It’s our responsibility to let elected leaders know what’s important to us. It’s our responsibility to carefully consider candidates’ positions, voting records and conduct as we decide who to vote for today.
It would be easy to be apathetic and say it doesn’t matter who is elected. Although it likely won’t be a disaster if your candidate doesn’t win, your voice does matter.
But democracy works best when more people are engaged in thoughtful ways. We shouldn’t have to be inflamed with anger about the other candidate to cast a vote.
So please, take some time today and vote. If you haven’t already, do some homework before you head to the polls.
Just don’t let the shoes get you on the way out the door.

Michaela Gibson Morris is a Daily Journal staff writer. Contact her at (662) 678-1599 or michaela.morris@ djournal.com

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