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“Looks great,” I said, admiring the plate of enchiladas before me.
My friend’s wife thanked me and sat down beside him.  A chance meeting brought to their table and the talk ranged from religion, to philosophy, to history, and then to politics as the food and beer disappeared. (I thought that I got a lot more interesting after the second round).
She was very proud of her efforts on behalf of Barak Obama.  She and a friend went to Cherokee, NC, to convince undecided voters that it was time for a change:  a change that would make history.  I was proud of her, too.  People often stay on the periphery of the political fight – if not out of it completely – and leave it to a few to spend time and money to try and make a difference.  Most of us are content with meeting our civic responsibility by showing up at the polls and making choices behind a curtain, and then returning to our routines until the next election cycle…or so we think. 
In reality, we are perpetual voters.  Every day we cast votes about the future of the country and the world we live in by choosing what we eat, what we wear, how much water we use, the amount of energy we demand, and so on.   Our market and resource choices impact the physical, social and political environments in ways that can be more profound and longer lasting than the choices made in the voting booth.  So then, to meet our civic duty, as well as our obligation to the planet, we must be informed voters and conscientious consumers.

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