11/3/08

The VOTE Button - Push It


It is important that you vote.


Every vote matters. No one cancels anyone else out.


People have fought and died, and in many countries continue to do so, for the privilege and the responsibility to complete this one simple act.

If you don't vote, you don't get to complain about what happens.

I voted the very first day (nearly the first hour) early voting opened in Tennessee 2 weeks ago. I promptly washed my hands of the whole mess.

It was over for me. I'd done my duty. It felt exhilarating to push that big green VOTE button. It felt even better to stop watching the media coverage of the whole mess.

Thomas Jefferson's experience of the presidency was so utterly miserable, he left it off of his tombstone. He listed other accomplishments; author of the Declaration of American Independence, author of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, Father of the University of Virginia. He did not list President of the United States.

It's a hard job and most of us wonder why anyone would want it.


No matter what happens tomorrow in this historic election, we need to pray for the next president.

The next president will inherit a black hole that has opened up in the universe - the economy. And barring some incredible incident falling out of the sky to reverse our fortunes, things are going to get bleak, at least for a while.

So please vote. You have a right and a responsibility to do so.

And then go pray that this time next year you have a job.

(Me? Oh I'm just full of all kinds of hope.)

16 comments:

Diva Ma said...

Great post. I'm a Obama Mama myself but I couldn't have said it better myself You have a devine right to get out there and make it happen, but you know what? It happens everytime. Those that choose not to vote are the first ones you hear complain. Kudos to you for voting, even if it is for that OTHER guy ;-) !!

Reynie said...

Well said!

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

Smooches hon! I wish I could write my guy in - but I'll be there bright and early tomorrow. Never give up & never surrender.

Jefferson also befriended John Adams - from his rival party again later in life and they were able to put politics aside...I hope bloggers can do the same.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

aff: I hope so too! Everyone has been so nice in my little corner of blogdom, being respectful of others political opinions, but I know it's not like that everywhere.

Auds at Barking Mad said...

Wonderful post! Bravo!

And, you are 100% correct! If you don't vote, you essentially mute your chance to take a stand.

Vodka Mom said...

i agree. I'm Obama myself, but I respect the process and the results. YOu can't complain if you don't vote.

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Oh - I feel really bad that his grandmother died today. It will be such a shame if he wins and she doesn't get to see it. I believe she'll know what happens of course, but it would have been nice IF he wins for her to be here. That's sad for him.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Well, well said. That's very telling (and sad) about Thomas Jefferson. I had no idea.

I actually voted the last day of early voting and I'm so glad I did because I now have a sick 3-year-old!

Karly said...

Will you punch me if I admit that I'm not voting? I didn't get registered in time. This is the first election I've cared about and I COULD KICK MYSELF.

maitlandmommy said...

hey there chica. Pray i shall - who would want such a sucky job??

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

karly: Oh you silly girl!! But I can't punch you cause you have an awesome last name. And an awesome blog.

MJ said...

What a great post! You said it beautifully!

Kristy said...

I agree...if you don't vote...you can't complain! Love it!

Sarcastic Mom said...

Fabulous Rack, Love!

I saw the link to this where you asked where I was on Twitter - where YOU'RE NOT FOLLOWING ME! (SarcasticMomLC)

*gasp*

I should beat your rack with wet noodle! LOL

Meg said...

That was wonderful...and I did vote...

Have a great weekend!

Love you!

Secret Agent Mama said...

I'm so glad someone said something about the rack, and of course it was Lotus!! LOL

Hi Amy!

It's too bad my pick didn't win, but I'm going to support the new prez and pray things can get fixed and that promises will be kept. I will breathe, though

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