Jewel's Vote 2000 Statement
I used to wonder if my one vote even mattered. Did it make a
But since I got involved in the process and understood that the issues
affect me, I realized that we do have important input, including those of
us who are young. We have a say in the election outcome--we can insure
that the issues important to creating the world we want to inherit are
given attention by speaking out and by exercising our right to vote.
I am choosing to support Vice President Gore and his running mate, Senator
Lieberman, because I believe they will bring experience, wisdom, high
values and principles to the White House. Whether you agree with this or
not, I encourage you to educate yourself about the issues and participate
in the coming election. The upcoming Presidential debates are a great
to get a first-hand experience of the candidates.
There are many important issues facing us in the coming years. Issues
like human rights, the environment, and the Supreme Court. For example,
with the Supreme Court, there is the probability that positions will
become available during the next Presidential term. These positions are
appointed by the President and are life terms. The type of appointee a
candidate will choose will affect our country's policies for decades.
People ask me if I'm a Democrat or a Republican--I consider myself first
and foremost a humanitarian. Over time, party policies change and I will
always make my decisions based on human welfare, values and human dignity.
I know I'm not alone in feeling disheartened by the bickering between
parties and among politicians. With all the resources available to the
adult world--all the political, financial, scientific, educational, and
spiritual resources--so much could be done. Let's raise our combined
voices in challenging our leaders to work together to address the issues