It is voting day in the US. The opportunities provided by democracy is often taken for granted by citizens — I myself have woken many times on voting days, thinking that I "can’t be bothered" going to vote. I couldn’t be bothered fighting the pamphleteers. My apathy was overwhelming. My disillusion with the choices on offer, profound and unsettling. I just wondered how much the fine would be (voting is compulsory in Australia).
Yet for those without the luxuries and protections provided by democracy, voting is seen as a far off, utopian dream. It is something to aspire to. It heralds not apathy, but action. Potential. To all my American readers who are thinking of not voting, please reconsider. Your right to vote was hard won. Your choices affect many lives — within and outside of the borders of your nation. It is a choice that contains mighty power. Regardless of who you vote for or which party you follow, please vote. It’s in all our interests.
Now, if only we were possessed of speech makers with a vision here in this country. Seems I am not alone in this lament 😉
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Nice work, Gavin. I see we are of one mind.
It’s not really voting day though is it? It’s democrats choosing who they want to represent them when voting day comes around…In November!
On a more serious note, I think they are both strong candidates, but one has to lose.
Will their egos allow them to team up to take on the Republicans or will one of them put their tail betwen their legs and go home?
Time will tell I guess.
Stephen … indeed. It is a great clip.
Stan … I must admit that the whole voting process for the US Presidential election is quite confusing. I hear George Negus agrees. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out and whether we get to see the combined ticket or not.
As far from pure perfection the election process is in the US, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
In Chicago, we vote for judges and clerks that we otherwise wouldn’t otherwise hear of. Every state has its own nuance in elections.
It’s all part of the responsibility of being a US citizen. Or at least that’s how I see it!
Nice to hear from you Mike. And nice cigar!
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