This is the last week to Early Vote in the 2012 Election…have you voted yet? Why not get it done while you have some extra time this week?! Find out where you can vote here.
After months, even what seemed like years, of listening to campaign speeches, debates, talking heads, political analysts go round and round, my decision was made and Bear and I went to the polls to vote. It was so funny pulling up to the polling location, Bear looked at me and said, “Gosh, I’m a little nervous!” It made me stop and think, sometimes I think we take our vote for granted. What an amazing country we live in that each and every one of us have the opportunity to make our voice heard, and the opportunity to shape the future of our country.
I will admit I’ve had a bit of a feeling of helplessness and frustration through all of the campaigning the past few months. I feel like we have a real deficit in people who are truly ready to step up and LEAD our country and get us back to where we need to be, in an honest, moral, intelligent way. I am so tired of the partisan back and forth and the extremism that seems to permeate so much of the rhetoric out there. It’s like everyone has forgotten that we are all individuals, and humans, with very different perspectives from which we shape our opinions…and that’s part of what being human is about. We should respect each other in that, even if we disagree. And not that voting in this election will fix all of that, because it won’t, but you can at least start speaking up for what you believe in. We can all make a difference with our one voice. And just imagine if we all came together told our politicians that we are sick of the back and forth and that these are the issues that are important to us.
So, with all that in mind, whatever your stance is on the issues and the candidates, please, GO VOTE. And then step up to help make your community the place you want it to be. Don’t just wait for someone else, some elected official, to do it. Your civic responsibility doesn’t end at the polls, it starts there. Make your voice heard all year long. Let’s all join together to make this world a better place for EVERYONE.