As a young Prude, I would often walk around the house soulfully singing a song I learned in youth group. It was called ‘Pass it On’. I thought it was the most beautiful, moving, IMPORTANT song ever written and I sang it till my parents offered me money to change songs, my dog cowered under the bed as I approached, warbling, and my youth group leader discussed the possibility of transferring me to a different youth group. Preferably on a different continent. Eventually the song, as is the way of songs, was lost under ever new and important songs until I almost forgot it.
But last night as I lay sleeping, the song, long dormant under hundreds and thousands of those other most Important songs ever written, forced its way through the decades and layers of hymns, Led Zeppelin, Raffi songs, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Newsboys and Vivaldi, and ensconced itself proudly in my Opening Music Box (the one that dictates the song that will be going through my head upon awakening).
At first I was irritated that I would now be stuck humming this extremely EXTREMELY sweet 70’s song all day, but then I realized it HAD A PURPOSE.
IT was telling ME to tell YOU to PASS IT ON.
Here is how the process works:
You are nagged (via your conscience, your significant other(s) or Your Prude) to make sure you VOTE today. (we usually call this 'lecturing' but time is of the essense)
You feel so self-satisfied that you nag OTHERS to vote. They catch the nagging bug and infect others with it. ‘And soon all those around, will warm up in its glowing’ (Pass It On, words and music by Kurt Kaiser)
So now we have the greater populace of the United States voting- thanks in good part to the nagging efforts of a small band of prudes like us. (“It only takes a spark, to get a fire going” Pass it On)
You and the nation, once you have experienced the Joys of Nagging, will not want to quit.
This is where it gets really good.
The Prude is not interested in telling you how to vote.
And then get to know whoever gets/stays in office.
And NAG them to do a good job. Don’t quit.
Nag them till they either cower under the bed, leave, or start to change things.
We can nag our way to a better nation.
But to earn the right to nag you need to vote.
PASS IT ON.