It is finally here! Election Day in America. All the hype of what is possible, both good and bad. Concerns include foreign country interference, mail-in ballots and the COVID impact. On the exciting side, there seems to be more interest and participation than ever before. As citizens, it is our right, responsibility and privilege to make our voices heard.
Yes, it is our right to vote in support of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Vote for people who will make it easier for these to exist in your life and society as a whole. The fact is people sacrificed their lives to give us the opportunity to influence who represents us in government. Honor their sacrifice and take the right to vote seriously.
In a democratic system, it is our job to vote. There is no law that requires citizens to cast a vote. However, the expectation is that you familiarize yourself with the candidates, issues and how they align with your own positions and values. If you do not vote, you are appropriately responsible for the consequences. As John F. Kennedy said, “The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all.”
Finally, it is our privilege to cast a vote as American citizens. Were your family original inhabitants of this beautiful land? Or are you, like most, the descendant of an immigrant family? In either case, appreciate the opportunity to participate as part of this great country. Our democracy may not be perfect, but mostly, it continues to improve. Do your part in the improvement efforts. “We do not say that a man who takes no interest in politics is a man who minds his own business; we say he has no business here at all.” Pericles
We are the United States of America, not the Divided States of America. As such, our leaders should model unity and the desire to build productive relationships. Recognize and respond to your right, responsibility and privilege to vote. “Choosing not to vote is not rebellion, it’s surrender.” Unacceptable!
Please vote and as always, enjoy the journey.