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Personal Responsibility

Personal Responsibility

DISCLAIMER.. this is NOT a political party post!

This is about our personal responsibility as an American Citizen, to exercise the right to vote!

                                    Declaration of Independence

We have it, do we use it?

The Declaration of Independence includes POWERFUL words!

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Could it be we need to be part of the system to have our voice heard?  Yelling in the wind won't change a thing. Please, keep reading to find some links and ideas of how to do your own research to make your inalienable rights count.  Yes, it takes time and work on your part to create change in "the system."   Do you consider it a personal responsibility to take your vote serious?  

Think about the men and women in the armed forces who put themselves on the line everyday and are prepared to give their lives for our freedom. 

  • What are we doing individually to preserve our freedom and make sure our system of government is working the way it should be? 
  • Is your vote important? 
  • Do you have a personal responsibility to exercise that vote? 

The process starts on a local level and builds to the State then Federal government.

A great place to start your research to find your individual State Senators and House of Representatives is:    Go to the site, type in your State and up comes your representatives.  Each of the Representatives have links to their individual websites and voting information.

Moving forward, I would like to thank the Arizona Association of REALTORS for their aggressive stand to help educate the real estate community in Arizona about the way to participate in democracy.

Tom Augherton, Local Association Political Manager for AAR, presented a moving talk to the Prescott, Women's Council of Realtors meeting which motivated me to pay the information forward in times of such political change and uncertainty.  Thank you Tom, for providing the links and sites to do our own investigation on votes that have taken place and where to find current status updates for candidates coming up for election in November.

Tom started his presentation letting us know...

"The Arizona Association of REALTORS® (AAR) is the largest trade association in Arizona, representing 42,945 Arizona REALTORS® belonging to 21 local associations. Members are active real estate licensees from all areas of real estate, including residential, commercial, property management, land, appraisal, and relocation."

Tom explained that  AAR is a "special interest" group concerned with rights for property ownership.  The opinions formulated through the democratic process of AAR reflects the voice of the members. 

On Thursday, September 2, REALTOR® members from across Arizona will meet at the annual REALTOR® Caucus to help provide AAR with input on current issues affecting the real estate industry as well as to discuss recommendations for possible legislative or regulatory actions in the coming legislative session.

Local AAR update!   AAR members should plan to attend to have your voice heard and see how the process and decisions happen!

Tom Augherton says "Democracy is still a battle ground where the strong battle the weak."  "The process continues to be based on bartering.  It is like making sausage where there are some things that should not be seen."   He continues saying "The democratic process needs to run with a "collaborative ability"  and "bipartisan" should not be a bad word."

Tom's words rang loud and clear that it makes sense to go across the aisle and work things out! The process of change needs to be give and take.  In any negotiations no one gets everything they want. There has to be a balance so when selecting candidates their ability to communicate in a respectful and reasonable way might make sense to actually create some forward progress.   

Looking at the BIG picture.

It does not matter what party you are affiliated with.. You have the RIGHT to believe what you want to believe so the personal responsibility lies in checking out the facts and not being "SOLD" by slick marketing or campaigning.  It appears as though special interest groups can mobilize and get things passed as we are lulled to sleep with apathy or the thought that our vote does not count.

It is extremely important at this time in our history, we really investigate what we are voting for and how we can accomplish what we think needs to be done to help America get through the change we are experiencing.


General Election is  November 2, 2010

Registration closes October 4, 2010 at midnight in Arizona.

The links provided below are for the State of Arizona and hopefully those reading will pay it forward and create a post for their area with the right links to encourage readers to register to vote! 

  1. Google your State or County right now so you know where, when and what the issues are for this November.
  2. Register to vote
  3. County registration information
  4. Coconino County information
  5. Review Propositions and Ballot issues
  6. Sample Ballot online
  7. Be sure to take the approved Identification to the Polls.

Doing important research on candidates.

For the Arizona congressional delegation vote history go to

This site shows how the two Arizona Senators voted and the eight representatives voted during the second session of the 111th Congress.   The site shows how many votes they missed.  The % of votes they missed and how many times they voted with their party.

Looking at history and trying to learn from it should help us make decisions and determine what our personal responsibility is in today's world.

 "The Charters of Freedom" website showing "a new world is at hand" provides copies of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.

"Eleven years after the Declaration of Independence announced the birth of the United States, the survival of the young country seemed in doubt. The War for Independence had been won, but economic depression, social unrest, interstate rivalries, and foreign intrigue appeared to be unraveling the fragile confederation. In early 1787, Congress called for a special convention of all the states to revise the Articles of Confederation. On September 17, 1787, after four months of secret meetings, the delegates to the Constitutional Convention emerged from their Philadelphia meeting room with an entirely new plan of government–the U.S. Constitution that they hoped would ensure the survival of the experiment they had launched in 1776."

How is the "experiment" launched in 1776 working?

As the Cosmic Shift Happens our governments are reaching out with social media to make the personal responsibility of knowing what is going on much easier!  Take a look at the election information in Coconino county and how easy it is going to be to keep on top of new changes!

        Twitter for Coconino Election

There have been many posts on social media and how business is evolving into using it because of the cost savings and the number of people they can touch. Now we can follow Coconino county on Twitter! This is history in the making!  Looks like Coconino County only has 33 followers so this is going to be a collector screen shot as the numbers rise!

Now look at everything you can do online!  Early ballot request, sign up to be a poll worker, register online, watching the votes come in! Google your county and get connected!

Is voting a personal responsibility to you? 

What example can you be to your friends, neighbors and family?  Can we go forward with respect, concern and care for our communities, cities, states and Nation?

Let your light shine as we help in being the solution to our current situation!

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Carra Riley

Comment balloon 25 commentsCarra Riley & Declan Kenyon • August 30 2010 12:10PM
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