Voting On My Mind

In the U.S., it’s election time again.  This year we’re having what are called mid-term elections because they’re in the middle of a presidential term.  Since there is no presidential candidate on the ballot, these elections are frequently taken less seriously and voters seem to be somewhat more casual about exercising their right and duty as citizens.
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
The New Colossus
Emma Lazarus, 1849-1887

As the November 4 voting date approaches, many states with early voting laws have already opened their polls.  There are more political advertisements on television and my e-mail box is filled with missives from the many groups I’m interested in reminding me to vote.

The importance of voting is in the very act of voicing your choice and less about who ultimately wins the election.  I’ll say it again:  expressing your choice is what’s important.  You know you’ve got a point of view, so express it.  Go vote!

10 thoughts on “Voting On My Mind

    1. Yes, Audra, it IS very frustrating. We live in a world of perceived winners and losers and we can’t seem to wrap our heads around the win/win concept. I was commenting to my sweet husband yesterday, just before I wrote this post, that our elected representatives, once elected, forget who they’re representing. They forget that they’re not only representing the people who agree with them, or the people who bought their influence, they’re also representing those who did NOT vote for them. I believe that’s how politics in the past 40 years or so has become so polarized. It’s time to remember, for all of us, that we are all ONE: one family, one neighborhood, one city, one state, one country, one continent, one planet, one universe. I keep holding that vision…xoxoM

  1. Perhaps they should make voting a requirement to attend sporting events, concerts, shopping malls, grocery stores….Not quite sure of the ethics involved or how this would work, but I think it would certainly serve as motivation for our consumer culture.

    1. It’s very interesting. This is one of the few countries where voting is held on a working day. In many countries, voting is held on days when people don’t have to sacrifice work to get to the polls. Also, a great deal of energy is being expended on preventing people from voting, such as the voter ID laws cropping up, especially in what are considered traditionally “red” states, and limiting or eliminating early voting in states that already have such laws, and eliminating same-day voter registration. The statistical evidence of voter fraud in this country does not warrant such hysteria, yet, there it is. I can understand people in Tanzania scratching their heads! xoxoM

    1. It seems to me that the difficulty will be more in each party’s reconciliation with the diversity of their constituencies. At the moment, the Republican party, which seems to have been catering to its loudest constituency, is splintered and I’m not sure there is anyone in the party who has the intelligence AND the heart to find a workable compromise. The Democratic party is clearly divided, not splintered. Much data on that constituencies views has come to light in the past months. Let’s see if it’s applied wisely. Thanks for stopping by and conversing! xoM

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