Right or Obligation?

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“If you don’t vote, then I don’t wanna hear you (complain)!”

–     Dick Heston (1933 -2002), my dad, a farmer, factory-worker and maybe the smartest dude I’ll ever know

Tomorrow is election day.  You had heard an ad or two, right?

That means two things that are very important to consider.

First, as of Wednesday AM, we should be able to watch a football or basketball game without learning all the horrible things that may or may not be true about one candidate or another.  I. Hate.  Political.  Ads.  Even as a “right-leaning, small goverment guy,” I wish they’d pass a law that says, no “committee” can place a candidate ad, and when a candidate does, they can’t mention their opponent and must stick solely to what they believe and intend to do themselves.  But I digress…

Second, Dad was right.  If we haven’t voted early, and we don’t vote tomorrow, the question becomes, have we failed to maximize our right to vote, or have we failed to fulfill our obligation to vote.  It’s none of my business.  For me, it’s an obligation.  It’s not optional.  But, I also won’t bi…, oh, as I paraphrased Dad above….complain.  The most amazing and beautiful thing about our system, even some 242 years later, is, it’s still the best thing going.  At least for now. At least until we wreck it.  But, until then, remember, this is the only country on earth that people are fighting to get into.  We ought to take that almost as seriously as either the right or the obligation to participate by voting.

Here’s to the future.  Our future.  Together.  Especially that part where there are no political ads for about 15 months, beginning Wednesday AM.

Editor’s Note:  One side or the other will have you believe that Wednesday AM also signals the end of the world as we know it.  It won’t.  It’ll just be Wednesday morning.  And, like every other day, it’s about what we do next!

 

 


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