WOULD YOU BUY A PIG IN A POKE? — THE 2019 EDITION

What is your biggest expense? Food? Clothing? Shelter? Transportation? How about TAXES?

Think about all the taxes we pay: income taxes, payroll taxes, property taxes, sales taxes,… Here are a couple of lists:

We hope our leaders will make good laws and protect our rights, but we know for certain they will spend a lot of money.

We have an election on November 5, 2019. Do you know who will be on your ballot? Most of us don’t. Nevertheless, when it comes time to vote we will be making an important decision, one we won’t be able to undo for at least four years.

When we vote we make a big decision, and we often don’t know what we should know. That is why the subject of this post is a pig in a poke. Would you buy a pig in a poke? You probably think not, but we do it all the time. That’s why that expression, “a pig in a poke,” has remained with us since about 1555. Even though almost no one uses the word “poke” any more, because we still warn each other not to buy a pig in a poke, the use of the word “poke” to mean a small sack survives.

So what can we do to make an informed decision on November 5, 2019?

  • Before we vote we can check out our ballot. We can see who and what is only it. We can visit pwcvotes.com. We can check out the November Ballot. Because we are electing the General Assembly, the Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Sheriff, the Board of County Supervisors, the School Board, and the Soil & Water Directors for Prince William County; the ballot is a complex mess, and the Office of Elections has had to produce a slew of different ballots for different parts of the county. If that was not bad enough, the ballot also includes two county ballot initiatives.
  • We can investigate the candidates. We need to know about the candidates: their records and political positions.
  • We can investigate the ballot initiatives. Are the proposed roads and park facilities something that the county should be building? Are they for greedy developers or the citizens of our county?

How can the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance (PWMFA) help?

    We send questionnaires to candidates and request that they answer our questionnaires so that we can construct voter guides and distribute these voter guides to local area Christian Churches.

    How can you help? You can contact the candidates and ask them to fill out our questionnaires. You can also help us with the cost of printing. To cover the costs for printing voter guides for the 2019 local elections and to inform citizens about the radical sex education agenda in our public schools, we are hosting a dinner. Please consider attending our 2019 Fall Fundraiser on September 28, 2019.

    FYI: Here is the 2014 version of this post, WOULD YOU BUY PIG IN A POKE?

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    5 Responses to WOULD YOU BUY A PIG IN A POKE? — THE 2019 EDITION

    1. Tom,

      Great choice of idiom to relate to choosing who to vote for especially when the choice is selection for a first run candidate.
      There is a choice to consider before voting for an incumbent running for another term to determine his effectiveness of the promises he made in the previous election.
      Was the selection made when he or she was a pig in the poke turn out to be a pig in an empty suit?
      If Interested
      https://rudymartinka.com/2016/11/07/king-solomon-and-empty-suit-politicians/
      What we voters need to do is to wake up and see the light. In my post today, I used the term to relate to Divine Wisdom and Light. However, it can readable applied to the wisdom of political choices. Too in my opinion.
      https://rudymartinka.com/2019/09/21/king-solomon-i-saw-the-light-wisdom-or-folly/
      Hope you don’t mind my inserting my post references on your blog. I am not really concerned about blog hits. I am concerned about the folly of voters making choices without discerning first. I know from personal experience that some voters vote solely by ethnic names only.

      Regards and goodwill blogging.

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