03 Nov It’s Not Too Late
I love to vote. Every couple of years, I get joyful about the mere prospect of voting. Absentee, at the ballot box, doesn’t matter. There’s just something about filling in those circles that makes me hopeful. Having run for office, I know it can take a toll on the candidates and their families. I admire those who run and grateful that so many step up to the challenge.
This election year has been hard fought by so many impassioned people. Folks on the right and the left have battled to make a difference; their actions and our votes will have consequences. Let’s hope that in the near future we can have inspired, productive conversations about:
The proper role and size of federal, state and local governments;
How to effectively educate our children;
Our 21st century infrastructure needs and how to fund them;
Promoting economic preeminence and opportunity;
Delivering top quality, affordable, healthcare;
Balancing energy affordability with sustainability; and
Our responsibility to countries in chaos.
Yep, it’s not a small order. But we are not a small people. We are each of us part of the idea described by Pres. Abraham Lincoln in the Gettysburg Address over 150 years ago; the idea of government of the people, by the people, and for the people.
And that’s why I love to vote. Because it’s the only way to make sure the idea lives on.
So, maybe it’s a good time to recall the words of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt less than 50 years after the Gettysburg Address: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
If you haven’t voted yet, please do so. Keep the idea alive.
And to all those who win election this week, our congratulations and Godspeed. To all those who ran, our thanks.