Warning: I’m on my patriotic high-horse today.
Today our country votes to select the next President of the United States, as well as other members of government. It’s a great day. Every four years (two years for non-presidential mid-term votes) we select who will be our chief executive by voting one-by-one in our local voting area. Each citizen choses who they want. We show the country why we’re the shining beacon of freedom. To truly understand and appreciate voting, we must see how other countries select their leaders. Egypt, Libya and even Russian leaders basically use the military (and other forces) to control how people should vote.
We have our issues here for sure. Voter suppression laws are a disgrace. Voter intimidation that occurs at the polls should be absolutely illegal and more enforcement should be put into place to toss voter intimidators in jail. Unfortunately, we’ll see some of that garbage today. But in the end, a peaceful process will unfold where we’ll see the most powerful military in the world takes their orders from civilian, elected leadership. Other countries can’t even grasp this concept yet and it’s sad.
The right to vote came hard so people need to get out and be heard. Women couldn’t vote for many years after they were called “Americans” (about 200 years). Slaves/black people weren’t even people, just property. In the 1960’s Civil Rights Era many were beaten for exercising their right to vote. Decisions are made by those who show up. So show up and be heard. If you fail to do so, it’s you’re own damn fault.
Dixville Notch, a town in New Hampshire is known for midnight voting and therefore being the first to be heard. It’s a very small community and they relish their being the first in the nation. Perhaps our government leaders should make voting a national holiday. It would emphasize the importance of the day better and do away with all of these lines and BS we’re seeing in the news.
Even a nation that’s basically divided down the middle still can show why we’re the best. We’ve got plenty of stuff we have to work through but the US is still the shining beacon on the hill, to other Americans and the world. That’s my take.