Now, We Decide
This is great. For the 57th time over 224 years, the people of the United States get to choose who will lead them. We decide. We decide. For all the money sloshing around the election between the parties, outside groups, and beyond, the outcome is all contingent on aggregate of individuals making a choice.
Not all of us initially had that power, even though the founding documents appeared to say so. But we fought, both ideologically and physically, until the right to vote extended to all adults. It’s still a fight sometimes, but for better or worse – and even in my relatively short lifetime I’ve seen both – we decide.
As Americans we take this for granted. It is just assumed as a fait accompli that free and fair elections are a thing. But as recent history shows us in multiple countries, this is not a given.
I fully concede that I have a Pollyanna-ish view of the great American experiment, but I don’t apologize for it. Maybe its because I’m a first generation American that I don’t have a whole lot of cynicism about this, but I fully appreciate the freedom that we have.
This will be my fifth presidential election that I have voted in. It will be the third and last time I have voted for Barack Obama for President (Democratic Primary, Two General Elections) and I will be proud to do so.
And I’ll be proud of you for casting your vote – honestly, even the ones I disagree with because you’re a part of the great national conversation and fight.
From Sea To Shining Sea.