Tuesday, November 2, 2010

For the People, By the People

Today is election day.  The right to vote is one of our most special and sacred rights that should not be taken lightly or for granted.  Remember this, our politicians work for us.  We hire them.  We have the right to fire them.  Our votes are our voice.

I always get a little emotional when I go vote.  I always think about people in some other countries who don't have this right.  I also think about the brave men and women in the military, both past and present, who have risked and lost their lives fighting for, and protecting this very freedom.

It also makes me think of my Daddy, a proud and very patriotic American, who proudly served in the Navy.  I remember when I first moved here to Beaufort 7 years ago, and was staying with him until I could get on my feet.  I had filled out a voter registration form at a church bazaar a couple of weeks before.  So, on election day, I excitedly and dutifully headed to the polls, only to be told that I wasn't on the list.  Apparently, my registration never made it to the court house.  I was devastated.  I went home and was in tears.  Daddy asked me what was wrong.  I told him, through sobs, that I wasn't able to vote.  "I have to vote!!" I choked out.  I was so upset.  He said, "I'll be right back."  So, about half an hour later he comes home with his "I Voted" sticker, and sticks it on the storm door. "There you go,"  he said.  "If it makes you feel any better, I voted your way." 

Actually, I'm so glad that election day is finally here and almost over.  Goodbye nasty ads, at least until the next round of elections are approaching.  Dear candidates, those of you who think it's o.k. to sling mud and demean your opponents do not impress me, nor will you get my vote.  There may be some people who believe or are swayed by such B.S.,  but I'm not one of them.

So, dear voters, get out and vote, but be informed before you head out to the polls today. Research your candidates. Vote for the ones who stand for, share and support YOUR goals, principles, and values, despite their party affiliation.  Don't vote for someone just because your parents or friends like them.   As Andy Griffith said, "Use your smarts."  I'm heading out to vote in just a bit.  I hope you do too!