“To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
~ Louis L'Amour
Democrat or Republican... Torrie or Whig... Phillie or Met.... Lion or Bear... Wolverine or Buckeye... it does not matter, if you live in the United States: TODAY IS YOUR DAY TO BE HEARD. I don't care who you vote for (T9 does, but this is not the place for that) as long as you participate and vote. If you don't know where to vote, check on-line. As I was writing this post, I looked up my local polling place and it is an easier process than finding this blog. I bet there is a polling place near where you live. If the lines are too long, stand your ground and commit to the process. Bring your ipod or a book. If you are really bored, talk to the person you are next to you in line, you may learn something new or make a new friend. I personally am going to wake up very early and get it done before the lines get too long. No matter what - if you are eligible, get out and vote. If you live in Ohio or Florida, today I am truly jealous of you. Your single vote could make the difference in the Presidential election. Don't forfeit that power you have by choosing not to participate.
If you need one more push remember this: Your children observe all that you do and will learn from your example, right or wrong. After you vote, wear that "I voted" sticker with pride and teach your kids something important.