On this day, Americans across this country will visit a school, or a fire station, or a church, with one purpose: to peacefully make their opinions heard. It’s a practice that’s been long-admired in other countries, that ability of an individual to influence his/her government. People across the world have fought, and are still fighting, for that right.
We have it, sitting in front of us.
I’m not a political junkie. I don’t get excited about polls and debates and campaigns. In fact, sometimes I find all of that rather annoying. (Could we please stop spending millions to persuade people and instead put it to good use? I’m just saying…)
But what does thrill me is the right to give input. I think about the people who formed this country, the vision they had for individuals to participate, a new system of government. I think about the women who spoke up, who said “we have opinions too, and as citizens, we should be able to share them ourselves,” who refused to take no for an answer.
All the people who fought and struggled and protested and used their voices granted me the chance to use mine. It’s a privilege I respect. It’s a responsibility I honor.
You won’t hear me talking politics. You won’t see me campaigning for anyone. But you will see me walking to the little elementary school down the street to add my voice to the masses. And you’ll see me giving due respect to whoever wins. Because I am an American, and the Commander-in-Chief is my leader.
P.S. If you need some help figuring out how to vote, check out the nonpartisan info from Vote Smart. Look up a candidate, and they’ll tell you where they stand on the issues. Find one that aligns with your views. Then vote. Simple enough.