Political process in U.S. works well

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Politics is a natural and frequent source of frustration and humor. Political jokes make up much of our discourse.

That said, our political process works well.

Tuesday, during the runoff, we saw dozens of people taking part in that process as they did a month earlier and as they will in November, in the general election. This sort of stability and even predictability ought not be taken for granted.

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Just this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for emergency early elections in his country amid worsening security conditions.

In Greece, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stepped down last week after holding office only eight months. He, too, called for early elections.

These countries are not third world backwaters but major world and regional powers. Greece, of course, is the birthplace of the very idea of democracy.

In other parts of the world, countries don’t even bother with elections or, if they do, the polling places are dangerous or hard to get to.

We have none of these problems.

We may have different political beliefs and we may (and should) disagree about politicians, but we can be proud of our political process.

For that matter, we should also thank the men and women who are running for office. Many of the offices they seek don’t involve a lot of glory and power. In fact, these are largely thankless jobs.

We appreciate that we have men and women who seek to do these jobs and we also appreciate the fact that we have choices in most of the races.

Please remember to go to the polls again in November and please remind your friends to do the same.

And, if you haven’t done so already, register to vote.

The deadline for registration for the November election is Oct. 3, and although that is a Saturday, the courthouse will be open half of that day.