Today is the day that millions of United States citizens vote for their national, state, and local leaders. For many of us, we are just glad that this will mean an end to all the political ads on the television and the political calls on our phones. But I think it is important to take a moment and realize the magnitude of the power in casting our vote. We are fortunate to be in a nation where it is the people who choose the leadership. The leadership is not imposed upon us from another power or authority. We have the power and authority. So the question all of us are required to ask of ourselves is What do I seek in a leader?
This can be a very difficult question to be answered. A lot depends upon the circumstances of our lives at the specific time. Each candidate for the various offices bring her/his own qualities to the office. Every one of them is gifted in unique and significant ways. Each truly has a love for their nation and a sense of duty to serve others. Each has their weaknesses and their dark secrets. The reason for this is that they are each humans and carry positive and negative traits like every human in existence. So it comes down to looking at what each person has to offer and the fundamentals behind the decisions they make or may make. After an examination of the unique gifts and the philosophies of a person, we must then look at the needs of the time and where there are the best matches. This acknowledges that one person’s gifts and philosophies may be a right match for today’s circumstances but that person may be exactly the right match at another time. It also acknowledges that those who were elected with their unique gifts and philosophies previously may not the right match for today. Each voter must decide these items for themselves.
No matter what process that you use to determine which candidate you will cast your vote for, there are few very important things to remember this day.
- VOTE – It is not just a right of every United States citizen to vote, it is a sacred responsibility. The foundation of our form of government is that the people choose the leadership of their governments. When you choose not to vote, you crumble part of the foundation of our nation.
- YOU MAKE THE DECISION – We cast our votes in secrecy. This is intended to prevent any manipulation on the part of another regarding the choices that each citizen makes. You listen to all sides of the arguments and do your research into the unique gifts and philosophies of the candidates and then you make your choice. This choice should never in any way be removed from any citizen.
- VOTE – I cannot stress this enough. I live by the philosophy that if I vote then I have a right to criticize the leadership. If I do not vote than the criticisms should remain silent.
So I hope that each of you will vote today if you have not already. Be proud to cast your vote for the candidates and regarding the issues of our day. Be proud that you live in a nation that this is not only a wonderful right but a sacred responsibility. Be proud of the men and women who have fought so hard to make your vote a possibility. Be proud of the women and men who have defended that right, even at the cost of their lives.
VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!