Democracy Inaction

One of the nice things about living in suburbia is that about two weeks before every election, you receive in the mail a complete, official sample ballot that shows you what offices are up for election and who’s running for them.

It’s a handy tool because in suburbia, candidates don’t actually tell you where they stand on the issues or campaign for office.  Also, there are no newspapers that cover local government or politics.  With a sample ballot in hand, though, you have a week or two to try to find out if any of the candidates are any brighter than, say, a third-grader or have prison records or might, heaven forbid, have something to offer.

Of course, for many of them there’s no reason to take any positions on issues because why risk alienating someone when there’s nothing to be gained?

Nothing to be gained from telling the voters where you stand?

That’s right.

You see, in the sad little town of Marlton, New Jersey, where The Curmudgeon resides, the pathetic Democratic Party couldn’t even field an opponent to the incumbent Republican mayor.  Even in Philadelphia the pathetic Republicans usually manage to get some poor schmuck to put his name on the ballot, just so the party can say it’s making an effort, but not in Marlton.  No Democrats running for mayor this year.

But it doesn’t end there.

Two seats on the town council are up for election, too, and no Democrats are running for those seats, either.

If it wasn’t so sad it might be funny.

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  • Scotty  On May 28, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Sounds like those 2 seats are destined to be filled by an ex-punter and place kicker.

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On May 28, 2014 at 9:39 am

      Ah, you know Mayor Randy. But I was thinking more along the lines of the water boy…

      • Scotty  On May 30, 2014 at 6:01 am

        Gatorade anyone?

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