I voted today. By my count, this is my 8th Presidential election.
I look at voting as the quintessential personal act of citizenship. A obligation to be sure, but an honor and privilege. So many in this world lack the opportunity. Everyday I drive through battlefields where men died and killed to preserve this Union and the freedoms we enjoy – would feel disrespectful to not honor them with this small yet important act.
I voted my conscience, my ideals and for who I thought was best for America and Virginia. I know many will agree with my votes and many, not so much. That is fine, in fact its a beautiful thing.
There are no loyalty oaths and no one peering over my shoulder in the voting booth. The secret ballot is a bulwark against tyranny.
Regardless of who wins, I am hopeful for the future of our country.
John Wayne said regarding JFK, “I didn’t vote for him, but he’s my President and I hope he does a good job.”. That’s the attitude I want to have.
I refuse to give in to cynicism, anger and fear. Refuse.
So, if you haven’t already, go vote. Follow your values, your American values.
This is a great country, home to a citizenry unlike the world has ever seen. Our diversity is our strength. I’m thankful to be an American.
Oh, and one last thing – turn off the news for a while… I think we all need to take a breath and re-balance ourselves and ignore the chattering classes for a few days, or weeks. Take a walk, go for a run, a ride or a drive.
Peace and Love.