It's Election Day. Today is the day that each of us have our opportunity to help govern the country. Today is the day that we are called upon to perform our most important patriotic, civic duty. It is by going to the polling place and casting your vote that you earn the right to call yourself a citizen of the United States, a patriot.
I know there are many who feel that voting doesn't make a difference. There are those who say that because they don't like either candidate (even though you're voting for a long slate of candidates in many races), that they won't bother voting. There are those who believe it is all rigged and so their vote doesn't matter.
I would beg anyone who has fallen victim to cynicism to not become an object of cynicism. Don't be the disaffected, uncaring voter who is willing to let things go to hell in a handbasket because they "are going to anyway."
For more than 230 years, this country has led the way in peaceful changes of government. Be a part of that. There is no more important civic duty. There is no more important way to express your patriotism. You are the government of the United States of America. If you want your representatives to be good governors, then you must lead by example by showing up and casting your vote.
OK, lecture over.
I'll end with two thank yous:
Thank you to my employer who gave us two hours with pay off to go to the polls and vote.
Thank you to the Lansing School District for choosing today as a planning/professional development day. It let me take my son to the polls to wait in line and explain to him what voting was all about.