This morning at 7:25 I was the 33rd citizen to vote at our courthouse. Voting is one of my favorite things to do. In our house we do not have a television right now, but H and I have listened to or watched all four debates on the internet. I have read both party's platforms. I daily check news sites that lean both ways. H and I talk about the election often. Who is elected has a direct impact on our quality of life and the rights we are afforded or denied.
I think voting is one of the greatest rights we are blessed with. This is my fifth presidential election. I'm two for four right now and hoping to pull ahead this year. No matter what happens though, I am thankful that I get to voice my choice of who I feel is best able to lead my country and protect my family. If I am on the losing end tonight, I will be upset. So much is going on in our country and so much is at stake, especially for families like ours. The media thrives of being divisive; it is how they hook people into tuning in. They use fear to get us to pay attention. Campaigns can get ugly too, as this one has at times. But in the end we are all Americans; we are all people. And it should be this that unifies us more than gloating and pouting divides us. It is most unAmerican to treat someone poorly because of the way they choose to vote. We all ultimately make our decisions for the same reason--we want what is best for our country and our families.
As Bob Schieffer said at the end of the last debate, "Go vote now; it will make you feel big and strong." I couldn't agree more.