“Even if sheep could talk, they'd never ask questions.”― Andrew Vachss, “Footsteps Of The Hawk”
Catching up on True Detective last night I was reminded of the work of author Andrew Vachss, and of his dedication to telling stories that raise awareness of the plight of abused children and women, as well as the often wounded souls who dedicate their lives to investigating crimes against those who have no voice.
As a former child abuse and neglect investigator, I know first-hand it takes balls to ask difficult questions and keep asking them, because so often those being questioned either do indeed have something to hide and are resistant to questions, or they feel they are somehow special, exempt or above the law and therefore shouldn’t have to answer any questions.
Thinking about questioning in relationship to the mayoral race here in Oklahoma City which culminates with voting taking place today. One candidate was adamant about not debating any of the other candidates and avoided answering a number of pertinent questions. This subverts democracy.
In the same way, not voting is the equivalent of not asking questions, and of not answering them. It subverts the democratic process. When you don’t vote – you abdicate your right to make a difference, to understand, to have a voice, and to be part of a healthy democracy.
To help people participate in their democracy – or what passes for a democracy here in Oklahoma City where we have such pitiful turnout – I’ve been out and about for a good part of the day helping people get to and from the polls. Gratifying work.
Wherever you are – please vote.