You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown.

You’re not elected, Charlie Brown is not the most popular of the Charlie Brown holiday cartoons.  The big three are “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”, and the most popular, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.  If you’re not a big Peanuts fan than you have might not of heard of it before. It’s usually played after, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, about a few days before Halloween.

Last Thursday, I ended up watching it with my family.  The thing I love about Charlie Brown is that it finds a way to use common themes of childhood to talk about more important issues in America.  You’re not elected, Charlie Brown, does a good job talking about the many feelings people have about Election Day, and the events leading up to it, in America.

In the beginning a lot of people think they would be good or want to take a chance at political office, like Charlie Brown.  Then someone is there to actually run the campaign, Lucy, and decides to find the best possible candidate by polling.  The poll ends up telling Charlie Brown that he has no chance to win and not even attempt to run in the election.  On the other hand, Linus is found to be a promising candidate.

Once on the campaign trail, appearances, debates, and extravagant promises are made.  Candidates embarrass themselves similar to the way Linus does when he goes off on a Great Pumpkin tangent.  If you’re not familiar with Charlie Brown, the Great Pumpkin is the Santa Claus of Halloween but Linus is the only kid who believes the legend.

Finally, Election Day arrives, people cast their vote, candidates are elected, and then weeks or years later most of the supporters are usually disappointed when their candidates don’t do everything they say they will accomplish in office.  Similar to the way, Sally is upset once Linus realizes he doesn’t have the power to accomplish anything of the things he promised.

There are many things people would like to change with the political system in America.  I’m not going to debate the issue here.  The thing I do find important is going to vote in every election.  You can argue whether your vote actually counts or matters in the millions of votes cast in elections.  That argument only holds up on Presidential elections.  This year is not a presidential election and these small local elections are more important to the vast majority of people where depending on the weather only a few hundred votes maybe cast.

This time of year also makes me think about all the people who gave their lives in wars or civil rights movements so we could have the right to vote.  Look around the world.  There are places where people are risking their lives to cast a vote because it’s that important.  Thankfully, I don’t have to risk my life.

Today, I’ve researched the available candidates and I’m going to exercise my right.  They may not accomplish everything they say they will.  Actually, I’ll guarantee they won’t but if I don’t participate then I can’t complain when things don’t go the way I want.