Since when did we become a society of lemmings? As in those little fur-bearing herbivores that purportedly commit mass suicide. Lemmings which have become the metaphor for people who go along unquestioningly with popular opinion, often with potentially dangerous or fatal consequences.
In the quarter of a century that I’ve lived in The Woodlands, I have never seen such a group of lemmings, (actually referred to as a ‘slice of lemmings’) as those trundling into the polls with pre-marked ballots in hand. I dare say that many didn’t even wait for the newspapers to print the candidates’ credentials. They took their marching orders from someone who probably didn’t bother to ask them how they stood on community issues, and what their major concerns were.
I personally witnessed individuals shoving ballots in the spouses’ faces and saying, “Here’s who you vote for.” As if they are not entitled to think for themselves. How can you devalue your significant other that way? What happened to freedom of choice in this country?
What I don’t understand is how the previous anti-establishment generation produced a generation that succumbs to an establishment dictating what they should think, what’s in their best interest, and how they should vote. It’s truly a paradox.
Are we too preoccupied that we can’t take the time to meet the candidates? Have we become so complacent that we’ll let someone else dictate how we should vote? Has our civilization evolved to the point of groupthink? A phenomenon that results in the loss of individual creativity, uniqueness, and independent thinking. History is paved with civilizations that submitted to groupthink, and they were usually short-lived. Case in point…Nazi Germany goose-stepped into oblivion behind Adolph Hitler.
The consequences are that we find ourselves aligned with people who don’t truly share our values, who have hoodwinked us into compromising our ethics, and who never really had our best interests at heart. It’s simply become a grab for power using whatever tactics possible. What’s worse than the backroom deals, the covert emails, and purported threats, is a community taking a ‘slice of lemming’ with its tea.
Well said. I also like how people are voting for the canidate with the most signs at the polls. I personally saw a lady counting the signs outside of Magnolia's fire department and said .. Yes, Mr. Belle has the least.. he does not get my vote. She did not care who stood for what or what any of the issues where. But ... she did vote. That is one that most have not done at this time.
I couldn't have said it better myself Werner. It is scary what is happening to us. The election is being bought by groups who prey on people that cannot think for themselves and allow the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and the like to tell them how to vote.
I also saw this when I voted and a few weeks earlier at the Farmers Market. The minute I opened my car door for early voting I had people shoving papers in my face. One woman exclaimed that her husband had sent her with her ballot and she didn't need any help. A few weeks ago the Grogran's Mill Farmers Market was overrun by Township candidates. As soon as you'd leave a stall they'd come running up with their cards. I decided I wasn't going back again until the local elections were over. I want to shop in peace.
I agree, AgingRiverTamer! Especially since The Woodlands is typically so anti-sign! When I first moved here I couldn't find anything because by the time you get close enough to read the signs you've pretty much missed the turn.
That's really a shame that your shopping excursion to support local farmers was ruined. I'll mention this to someone who works with the farmer's market group. Maybe they will impliment a 'no politicking' policy, or require that they purchase a booth and stay in it. Something needs to be done about this.
To all complaining about the political signs...I'll be the first to admit that it's overkill. The Woodlands does have a strict sign ordinance but I'm not the foremost authority about the stipulations. I do know that they have to pick them up within a certain time frame after the election, although I did see a couple of signs from one of the newly-elected Township directors, that haven't been picked up from the Township election. (If you're going to lead, then lead by example.)
This overabundance of political signs should be brought up at the Township meetings. Maybe put a limit on posted signs, and one per campaign worker at the polls supporting their candidate.