For as long as I can remember I have believed if you don’t vote, you are voluntarily giving up your right to complain about the administration in power. That’s because in my mind, if you fail to exercise your right as an American to cast a ballot, then you cede your Constitutional right to whine about what happens.
In case you’ve been hiding in a closet or in a coma for most of the year, you already know today is election day. Many Americans have already taken care of their obligation and mailed in their ballots. I did, so did Greg.
No matter what happens or who wins this election, I can now moan and groan that my candidates (if elected) didn’t do what they promised, or their opponents are idiots. In an ideal world I get to brag that I elected the people in power and our state and nation are better places for it.
It’s fitting that election day is always so close to Veterans Day. After all, that’s why so many of us donned a uniform and headed off to other places near and far to fight for our Republic. Perhaps the fact that for many years my ballot didn’t arrive to my far-flung duty station in time for me to return it before the deadline is what makes me so passionate about making sure others head to the polls.
So … as I post this early in the morning on election day, I am grateful for the right we have to vote for our elected officials. I am filled with joy that the campaign commercials are coming to an end (until the next round) and I am proud to be an American.
There’s a whole world out there just waiting to be explored. Go vote — not everyone gets to!
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