Don’t listen to cynics; elections do count

All of Kaua’i was a winner in yesterday’s primary election, not just the

candidates who got enough votes to move on to the general election in

November.Some cynics consider elections nothing more than political

beauty contests, in which voteseekers put on their best faces in hope of

impressing the “judges,” aka the voters. But that’s a bitter, unproductive

attitude that does no one any good.

What actually counts is the fact that

elections and the accompanying campaigns are the underpinning of our system of

government. Love ’em or hate ’em, elections are the golden opportunities for

citizens to endorse or revamp their leadership. There’s no better way to stand

up and be counted. Whether the decision is who will anchor the Kaua’i County

Council or who will occupy the White House, a vote is a precious and powerful

cog in American democracy. Those who put it to good use yesterday were winners,

as were all the rest of us who will continue to reap what the ballot box

sows.

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