Tuesday, October 28, 2008

I Voted

Today the Wife and I exercised our rights as citizens and cast our votes in the general election. City council, state senate, congress, President. We went and let our voice be heard.

It is a big deal to both of us, this right to vote. For me, it is one of the reasons I spent time in the Marines. Americans have the right to vote, because we are free. And freedom was bought and kept at a high price throughout our history.

As an average citizen, it is one of the most American things we can do. Yes, we are just one vote of millions. Yes, the electoral college picks the President in the end anyway. Yes, with all of the problems with voting sometimes it seems like our vote doesn't really matter at all anyway.

But remember Florida in 2000? Gore was down by three hundred and some votes. That turned the entire election on it's ear.

What if it's your vote this time that tips the balance?

Anyway. I voted today. And in the end, who I voted for is insignificant to the vote itself. That right. That freedom. That so many have fought to defend in the past two hundred plus years.

If you have the chance, please go vote. I would consider it a personal favor. I would love to think my near decade in the Marine Corps was spent, if nothing else, guarding your right to make a choice. Thanks.

More Later

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