If you’re anything like me, you are beyond sick of the political commercials. Especially since most of them are smear campaigns. He said/she said, he did/she did. Ugh! Enough already!
As much as the time leading up to election day can drive me nuts, I love election day itself. It’s a time to let my voice be heard. And I can do that quietly and privately or I can shout my opinions from the rooftops. That is the beauty of living in the United States of America.
Today I walked down my street, breathing in the scent of fall leaves. My feet crunching through the reds, browns, yellows and oranges. It’s overcast and on the verge of raining today, there’s a tiny bite to the wind but not too much. It’s probably one of the last days I can go for such a walk without a hat or gloves. I walked down to the corner, to the school the sits there. Usually this school is full of kids under 5 years old. Their squeals and giggles heard through the halls as they attend day care or preschool. Today it also serves as a polling location.
There are no men or women with guns posted outside. There is a man asking me to vote for a particular judge, a woman who wants my school board vote, two young ladies just old enough to vote themselves cuddled in their camp chairs under a blanket asking me to vote for a certain senator. They’re kind and friendly and hopeful. I don’t have to fear for my life if I vote for someone they don’t agree with. This is America! This is Freedom!
We all have our opinions and we are all entitled to them. What I feel we are not allowed is a voice to complain if we didn’t get out and vote. You don’t like the way your state’s funds are being used? Vote! You don’t like the directions your local school district is heading? Vote! Your opinions on hunting, healthcare, education, infrastructure, etc. are set and strong? Vote! If you don’t let your voice be heard what you believe in doesn’t matter.
Maybe we don’t all have it in us to be politicians, teachers or writers. We all make a difference in our own ways though. Especially when we vote.
I’ll step off my soap box now and let you get out there and do it!