In the USA, tomorrow is Election Day. In every voting district, the entire U.S. Congressional House of Representatives is standing for election. In the U.S. Senate, many Senators are also facing their constituents today. It is not a presidential election year (we could not be so fortunate), but we do have a duty and obligation to determine policies and governance for the next two years. Please, do not stand around waiting for others to decide for you. Please get out and exercise your choice for our future if you have not already done so.
“Our Constitution is a remarkable, beautiful gift. But it’s really just a piece of parchment. It has no power on its own. We, the people, give it power – with our participation and the choices we make.” ~ President Barack Hussein Obama, 44th U.S. President, Farewell Address, January 10, 2017~
Take a step outside your comfort zone, open your door, get out and vote tomorrow! Due to recent changes in the electoral laws, many states now require voter identification before you exercise your right to determine your legislators. Even though in many states there was no notice that this change is now in effect, be advised to carry a photographic identification with you when you go.
For too long a period of time, people in this country were denied the right to vote based on the color of their skin or due to their national origin. Up until the 1920’s, women were denied the right to vote solely because of their birth gender. It is incumbent on each and every one of us to ensure that these travesties never happen again. One way that we can all prevent this is through voting and holding all elected officials accountable for their decisions.
Those of us who have “come-out” of our individual “closets” as same gender loving bare practitioners know the importance of living freely and openly. Hiding due to fear or shame isn’t compatible to freedom. Neglecting to vote is as much a fear and an act of shame. Stand up proud and exercise your right to vote!
“Nothing can stand in the way of the power of millions of voices calling for change.” ~ President Barack Hussein Obama, 44th U.S. President, New Hampshire primary speech, January 8, 2008 ~
We are still in the early years of the 21st Century. We’re not even one-fifth of the way through it. Yet, for the majority of the electorate, this is not the first time that we feel the need for a drastic change in the direction that this country is heading. The only way that we can be certain that our voices are heard and our feelings are known is through the ballot box. Please vote. Our future is in our hands. Please don’t neglect your responsibility.