I stood in line today to vote. It took about twenty minutes. We are two weeks away from ‘official’ election day, and yet there was a line at the polling place all day starting at 8:00. Everyone was enthusiastic about voting…exercising our rights. Most people are not completely in favor of either candidate – ‘best of a bad lot’ – was the general grumble from the people in line. And yet we all stood there to cast our vote.
Democracy is a curious beast. It gives us the freedom to choose, to exercise our rights and our voice. We might not like everything about the process, yet we have to support the process. There are countries with terrible dictators, terrorists running things, even places where women are still unable to drive cars, let alone vote. So we all stood in line to not only vote but to stand up for freedom. Voters give silent thanks for all the women and men who fought before us to ensure our ability to stand in line. There were no guns, no fear, no bombs, no one forcing us to vote a certain way, no hassle…nothing but free people spending their time supporting the system.
I am not going to tell you how to vote, I am only going to tell you to vote. And if you don’t vote, then don’t complain about the outcome of our country. If you choose to sit on the sidelines and stay silent, then get used to the quiet. No one wants to hear you moan and complain if you aren’t willing to get off your fanny and practice democracy.
Get out and vote – exercise yoru rights and wave the flag proudly. If you don’t vote, don’t complain…we are not listening.