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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

The Greatest Election Yet.

One of the many things I have learned during my time working at school is that usually the people who are the loudest and have the most complaints are the ones who are hardly ever willing to help out and be involved.

Sure they want to voice their opinions, concerns and ideas about what's right, wrong and done incorrectly, but they have no interest in doing anything further than that.

Complainers. That's what they are, complainers.

I think that there are a lot of Americans who fall in that same category. We whine, we complain, we have all sorts of ideas about what certain politicians have done right and wrong, but we don't always follow through and do anything about it.

We vent, rather than using that energy to do something meaningful. We vent about the war, the economy, the White House affairs. Because at times, that's all we feel we can do, vent.

But we can do so much more. Today is what they are calling 'Super Tuesday'. Today is a day that YOU can do something if you so choose. You can choose to support or not support a certain candidate or a certain agenda. Or you can choose not to.

We get choices. Many countries and peoples do not.

They are calling the current presidential campaign, an 'election of a lifetime.' And boy is it ever.

Who would have ever thought that we would have such diverse and beautiful options for president of the United States?

I am smart enough not to go to far into my own political views here, because hey if I'm already getting criticized for the way I handled things with H at the doctor, I can only imagine the criticism I'd get for sharing my thoughts on the candidates.

I am thankful and amazed that I live in a country where I get to vote and choose the person I think would be the best for the job. Yes, I only get one vote. But taking the time and actually voting means something to me.

I am thankful and amazed that I live in a country where the candidates for president are diverse and richly intelligent. Where I am forced to stop and contemplate about the thoughts and ideas they share. Where I can question and research and figure things out on my own. Where I have to stop myself and realize just how beautiful it is that we are making history as both a woman and a black man compete for the presidency.

I get to vote for who I think is best for the job, regardless of the ticket they are on. There are times, I have surprised myself with a candidate choice. There are other times, I think I may have made the wrong choice.

Regardless, I get to make choices.

And so do you. This is me, getting on my soapbox, telling you that it is your responsibility and your right to pay attention. Watch closely and listen intently. Figure out what the candidates are saying and what they are meaning and what you believe in.

Complaining isn't going to change America.

But your vote might.

You only get one vote next November. Make sure you use it wisely.

" It's the action, not the fruit of the action, that's important. You have to do the right thing. It may not be in your power, may not be in your time, that there'll be any fruit. But that doesn't mean you stop doing the right thing. You may never know what results come from your action. But if you do nothing, there will be no result." Ghandi

4 Comments:

Blogger Jill Davis Doughtie said...

What a great quote.

I just got back from voting!

February 5, 2008 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Whoopi Goldberg said something interesting on The View this morning (yes, I am watching every daytime TV show known to man while glued to my couch these days). She said that in her 52 years of life she was raised with the idea that a black person or a woman COULD run for President, but that no one in her generation actually believed it because it hadn't happened. Now children are being raised to actually BELIEVE it to be a possibility. Whether or not you vote for one of those barrier-breaking candidates, it is encouraging to see where our country is headed. I'm hoping to get enough Echinachea in me to see me off the couch and through to the polls!

February 5, 2008 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger The Lindahl News said...

In between my split shift, I'm going to be voting!

February 5, 2008 at 2:42 PM  
Anonymous dadio said...

Wow ! I enjoy the energy !Proud of you all !
Love to all
Dadio

February 5, 2008 at 9:53 PM  

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