In California voters are voting on a new tax law that could affect Kindle writers. In France they are revisiting the issue of copyrights and just how many rights an author has. Then there is that dreaded debate on enacting a law regarding the “rights” of a creative to his/her own work…if you don’t think that who runs our government affects your writing…think again.
Now I am not going to advocate any one candidate here. Who you vote for is yours to decide. I am, however, going to encourage each and every one of you to get out there, get informed and then vote your conscious. So often laws are enacted and afterwards there is a group of people who are standing around saying, “hey, wait a minute, I didn’t vote on that”, the truth is, you might not have not voted for it but you didn’t vote against it either and folks, we live in a country where our government often decides that no vote is as good as a yes vote. (This concept often works in their favor)
I know how hard it is to keep up with all the laws, the people running, and the issues but hey, look at what’s at stake here. Over the last several years people in the United States have seen their world get smaller and smaller because of new laws and regulations that have been enacted. The government can now search your home with little reason, monitor your cell phone and even, in some cases, put you in jail and hold you there without giving you a reason…these things are possible because we weren’t paying attention….don’t you think it is time we start paying attention?
Writers have to remain vigilant about what is happening in the world around them. We live in a world where the government censors many writers, they rewrite history and often just keep things from the public in general….we, the writers of the world, are often the only hope of getting the truth out there…how will that be affected by those we put into office. So go out today, get informed and vote….you are a writer…your voice should be loud and practiced…you’ve been speaking for other for years…now is the time to speak up for our future as well.
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