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


I am fairly certain that I have only missed three primary voting opportunities in the last ten years.  Also, I ALWAYS vote in the general elections.  It is my duty as a citizen.  Also, if I don't vote, I can't complain. LOL

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) about 10 years ago

Carra - If we do not exercise our right to vote, we should not exercise our right to complain about the results.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 10 years ago


This is an important post.  It is an excellent reminder as we head into election days, etc!  Thanks for taking the time to write this up.  Have a splendid week and a great Labor Day!

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 10 years ago

Suzanne ~  What a light you have! Sharing that glow with friends, neighbors, family and community will bring us all closer.

Norma ~  The goal is out of complaining into action!

Ron & Alexandra ~ Thank you.. if we are all reminding everyone we touch.. we make a difference together.

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, ON the same lines as Norma.  If you don't vote, you shouldn't be bellyachin' about how things go after the election!

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 about 10 years ago

Carra, great post and some great information and links....hopefully, EVERYONE will get out in vote, it is not only your right, but your duty as a US citizen.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Vision Quest Realty) about 10 years ago

Carra:  Couldn't push the "Suggest" button fast enough!  It's a privilege AND a duty to vote. 

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) about 10 years ago

Liz and Bill ~   You got it!

Rebecca ~ My hopes are that everyone reading will take the idea and post for their area!  We can make a difference one person at a time!

Tish ~  Thank you so much :) Again, my hopes are that everyone reading does something to encourage readers in their area to take action!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago


It would be good if everyone took voting very seriously.

It's the basis of democracy.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) about 10 years ago

Very thought provoking post. If you don't like what's going on make a difference and vote.

Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic ( about 10 years ago

Hi Carra,

I agree with Norma above. Don't complain if you don't vote.  However, I don't like the empty promises made to "buy" votes by so many politicians these days.  They talk one way on the campaign trail and then act/vote a totally different way once in office.  There should be another way to hold politicians responsible.


Posted by The Scott Loper Team Bux-Mont Premier Properties (Keller Williams Real Estate - Montgomeryville) about 10 years ago

Brian ~  "serious" is an understatement.

Robert ~  yes sir!

Lisa ~  The links we have to seeing the vote is one way of checking up on incumbents at least.. hard to tell with new candidates.. if they have blogs... great way to see how they express themselves!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Wow, Carra - This is an awesome post!  I particularly like "personal responsibility lies in checking out the facts and not being "SOLD" by slick marketing or campaigning" - that is so true!  I see so much herd (pardon the cow pun) mentality these days that it's important to remember there is more to it than just yes/no, red/blue, black/white, right/left, right/wrong, etc.

Posted by Peggy Chirico, REALTOR® 860-748-8900, Hartford & Tolland County Real Estate (Prudential CT Realty) about 10 years ago

Carra ~ excellent information and a wealth of reasons why we should use our right to vote.  The links are terrific...but haven't check them all out just yet.

Posted by Dawn A Fabiszak, The Dawn of a New Real Estate Experience! (Private Label Realty ( Denver metro area, Colorado) about 10 years ago

carra...this post is great!  when i first could vote i was so excited & i can remember that voting day vividly...i'm going to need to do a local post also on this..thanks for inspiring me!

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Peggy ~  I think you have given me a great new ides... The Cosmic Cow Heard!  love it!

Dawn ~  I look forward to seeing your post with the Colorado links!

Ginny  ~  Yea.. we help others one reader at a time and if we make it easy by sharing links of where to look... we make a difference!  Thanks Ginny come share your post!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

Carra, You really did your homework on this blog. Lots of great links to informative websites, and most important is your encouragement to vote!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) about 10 years ago

Barb ~  Hope to see your post about the same thing in Ohio!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

I am a firm believer in voting and if you don't vote then you have no say.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 10 years ago

We should all vote...

Great post Carra!

Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) about 10 years ago

Teral ~  The problem with NOT voting is the special interest groups who do vote.. rule!

Joshua ~ I will look forward to reading your vote post :)

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago

I'm a permanent mail voter here in California, which makes it much easier to vote.

The San Diego Association of Realtors recently endorsed a rabidly homophobic Republican candidate for San Diego City Council. According to SDAR's immediate past President, the SDAR "doesn't routinely look beyond a candidate's real estate-related positions," but this endorsement is backfiring on them. SDAR's leadership has convened an emergency meeting of its Executive Committee which is a first step in rescinding the endorsement. I look for the endorsement to be rescinded shortly.

Posted by Not a real person about 10 years ago

I'm also a permanent mail voter. It makes it so much more convenient. You don't have to stand in those long lines if the election has a lot of controversial issues that cycle.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago

Great post Carra, I vote always even when I have to hold me nose with the choices given. 

Too, it is so easy to do now days there is no excuse for not doing it.  Every time I vote, I think of places where people die trying and it makes me mad at those who whine they don't have time or it is not worth it.


Posted by Ana Hitzel, Professional Home Stager Inland Empire ( AccentPositives Home Staging ) about 10 years ago

Russel ~  Getting the ballots by mail is the perfect way to vote in a calm way!  The problem with Realtor organizations is they ARE special interest groups.. so they are primarly concerned with property rights and ownership issues.  That is the bad thing about politics... no one candidate has all our same views on all the issues.  So you go with the candidate who supports what is most important and you have to go with the flow on the rest... it's hard when you have several important issues you champion.

Jim ~  I'm with you .. do it in advance and not stand in line!

Ana~ The value of our vote has a huge COST!

Posted by Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon, Helping people Transition at all ages! (Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd) about 10 years ago