Please, cast your vote tomorrow!

In studying journalism, we’re advised to consider the source.

I hear the wails and moans from those on the right who allege college is bad because it’s the place where evil liberal college professors (with tenure even) indoctrinate and brainwash their unsuspecting conservative children and turn them into fervent monsters for the left.

Well, that certainly wasn’t my experience in college. I was exposed to all kinds of ideas and perspectives. Some of it made sense, some of it didn’t. I took some things and left the rest behind.

For example, I took classes from some of the famous Fresno State feminists. One time, I stuck up for a fellow student in a fiction writing class who had included a character who was a hooker in his story. After the class (mostly women) beat up on him for 10 minutes or so, I had to speak up.

What’s so wrong with having a character in a story who’s a hooker? I asked. You know there are hookers in the world, right? Then they turned on me. One of them finally spat, “There wouldn’t be any hookers if it weren’t for you men!” I responded if the hookers are waiting for me, they’re starving to death because I don’t play with them!

And just imagine all the raised eyebrows when I argued in a graduate seminar mostly full of feminists that Virginia Woolf misstated her point in “A Room of One’s Own” because her issue wasn’t really gender but class — only the wealthy can afford a room of one’s own in which to write. A poor man who had to toil to make a living would be equally as disadvantaged as a poor woman writer in the same situation.

And besides that, I said, there have been famous women writers at least since Sappho of Lesbos — like 500 BC.

I took a class from a conservative professor who lectured about America’s indigenous people — whenever an “inferior” culture meets a “superior” culture, the superior culture will win, and the inferior culture should be thankful.

Ah, I asked, so if aliens floated down from outer space, took all the women, the wealth, the land, our languages, our cultures and our religions, those of us left behind should be happy and thankful. He said yeah. I said you can’t believe that, and he said he did. I just shook my head.

Another conservative professor tried to convince me only millionaires should be able to vote because they’re the only ones with “skin in the game.”

Sadly, I think the Founding Fathers probably agreed with him.

We need to remember when the Founding Fathers began the Constitution with the words “We the People,” they meant the rich, white guys like them. That phrase did not include slaves. It did not include the Indigenous people who had called this place home since the beginning of time. It didn’t even include women.

And some might be surprised to learn, according to the Constitution as originally written, the “people” elected only the House of Representatives (thus dubbed “The People’s House”). The Electoral College elected the president. The senators were selected by the state legislatures. So much for the “it’s not a living document” originalist nonsense the dummies always seem to spew.

Tomorrow is Super Tuesday — election day in California. We’ve made great progress in ensuring suffrage for everyone, despite the Founding Father’s great fear of the people’s choices.

Tomorrow in Susanville, we will elect most of the Susanville City Council, two Lassen County Supervisors, a Lassen County Superior Court Judge, Measures T and U, select a candidate for president, elect a U.S. Senator (twice), a representative to the House, a state senator and an assembly person.

Forget all the mumbo-jumbo you’ve heard. Let your heart and soul and mind be your guide when you vote tomorrow. Don’t listen to the social media pundits or the noisy naysayers in Lassen County. Think for yourself. Make up your own mind. Vote for the best candidate in your view.

But please, do your part and vote. I believe it’s an obligation we have as citizens of our great nation.

Please join me. Vote. This is important. We’ve come a long way to earn this right, and we shouldn’t neglect it.