America is full of opinions. And that is perfectly okay, in fact, it is almost perfect that those of us known world wide for our loud and gregarious opinions are also known for our not always perfect in practice but always exquisite in concept, framework of democracy and its accompanying elections.
Whether we cast our votes with paper or buttons, in town halls or in precinct garages, in America the most difficult encumbrance to making our voice heard is weather and our own apathy. We are fatigued by advertising campaigns and beleaguered by the endless mailings and phone calls vying for our votes and tugging at our emotions with carefully parsed talking points that are high on rhetoric and low on facts. But there are no land mines; no armed bands of government soldiers or vigilantes; there are no threats of death or punishment, and despite the furor and frothing of the mouth of many a pundit and candidate during the campaign season there is no threat of chaos when the votes are counted. In all honesty, like pretty much everything else in America, the path to voting is a relatively easy one and generations upon generations have spent their time, blood and lives ensuring that it remains such.
Speak with your loudest voice-YOUR VOTE!
So are you voting today? You have opinions. You have a choice. You have the right. You have a responsibility. But do you have what it takes to push a button; pick up a pen? Do you have what it takes to make a choice? Do you have what it takes to be American with all those opinions…to speak your mind with your loudest voice?
I certainly hope so.