Voting is the mantle or roses
And so the day has come. The day millions of men and women including our founding mothers and fathers have given their lives for. The day our right to vote is set upon us as a mantle of roses around our necks. For no matter who you vote for, Republican, Independent or Democrat, you and I, the nation as a whole, are winners. We shine before the world.
It matters little how much money is spent in the upcoming election process. We are still "one man, one vote". We vote because we honor those who have gone before us and we vote because of those who are coming behind us.
I vote because my father, my grandfather, my father-in-law and my husband spent their lives in service of this country. They deserve my respect for the time and sacrifices they gave in order that we might have the right to vote and hence the right to worship, speak, live, love and pursue our dreams. So I will vote, my daughters will vote, my husband will vote.
Regardless of how you choose and I hope you know by now, after all that is said and done, you've paid enough attention to the world around you that you don't enter the booth still wondering. Today is not the day to make up your mind. There is too much on the line to be sitting on the fence now. Conservative or Progressive, please know yourself. You've had over a year to decide. You probably took less time buying a house. I'm not being crass and certainly not trying to be mean but it seems to me that if you're still wondering, you haven't studied for the test. If you haven't studied for the test sometimes it's better not to take the test than screw it up so badly for everyone else (grading curves baby, grading curves)
It's not enough for me that we all cast our vote but that we do it with intelligence. We care enough about our country to learn the facts and to make a decision not on what is best for us but what is best for the country as a whole. Because we are a whole though we may squawk about being individuals. As Shelby Foote says, "Our greatest ability, as a nation, is to compromise."
I end with a speech that makes me cry every time I hear it spoken. It never fails to remind me of the gift and responsibility that I have been given.
" Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."Abraham Lincoln 15th President of the United States of America
Many blessings to all and my enduring thankfulness for every person who cast vote with the thought of freedom in their hearts, however they vote.