Tuesday, November 4, 2008

“No Matter What Happens We Are Making History”

My Mom uttered these words recently when discussing voting in one of the two major candidates.

Indeed.

I am not one to criticize others for their choices because that is what makes this country truly fantastic -- there is choice. Perhaps you are even now undecided, perhaps you have not had enough time to read about and learn about the six candidates running for President. Yes, that is correct; there are six candidates representing Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Green, Write-In and a No Party Affiliation Independent. Can you guess who is who? You might be surprised to learn that Ralph Nader is not the Green Party nomination.

Tonight will be the first Presidential election I have voted in since the first Clinton term; for those keeping track that is sixteen years. I used to think it did not matter. I used to think my vote did not count.

Now I know that through action is the only way to effect a reaction.

When enough of us make a positive action the results will be amazing. Try reading this posting for inspiration.

Likely none of my readers will be surprised to discover that I support Barack Obama. He fits with who I am and what I feel the country needs to rebound into a place of prosperous hope after so many years of somber fear. At approximately five o’clock this evening I will be casting my ballot to truly show my support for this inspirational man.

Want to learn more about where each Presidential candidate stands on just about every issue, their voting history, read their speeches or a myriad of other information? Please go to Vote Smart. Then take advantage of the (as my Mom put it) privilege we are afforded in this country and go out and vote.

Remember that privilege also means: opportunity, advantage, benefit, right, and freedom.

3 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Voted!

Bridgete said...

I've voted in every election since I was old enough to do so. It may feel like it doesn't matter, it may feel like, "oh, well, my state always votes [dem/rep] so why does my vote count?" But if enough of the majority party feels like it doesn't matter if they don't make it to the polls because what they want will happen anyway, and then enough of the minority party does go to the polls, it'll all turn on its head. I certainly don't want to have that hanging over my head for the next 4 to 8 years.

Besides, there are always some interesting ballot questions/measures/whatever-your state-calls-them where the split might be literally a few percentage points. And I always like the feeling of solidarity if the way I voted was the way the majority voted.

=)

Ginger said...

colorado had 16...SIXTEEN!...presidential candidates on the ballot. no joke. ask kate, she saw it too.

i was surprised to see nader running in a different party...what's up with that? my favorites were the 2 different socialist parties and the...ready?...the boston tea party. yessssssss.