As a writer, it’s never good to ask me what’s on my mind because something always is, and more than likely I have a lot to say about it. Like most people, I’m tired of politics, and more than a little ready to see the election over and done with. It’s not that I don’t think it’s important. In truth, I believe this is a pivotal election, and one that will have devastating consequences for our country for years to come. I’m not a fan of Hillary Clinton, nor of Donald Trump, and to be honest, I wish I had someone else to choose from, but fact of the matter is I don’t, and all the wishing in the world isn’t going to make it any better. From my perspective, these are the main two, and I can’t see the sense of wasting my vote by voting for candidates Johnson or Stein. Either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump is going to be President. It’s a sad commentary on our country that we -the American people – let it ever get to this point, but that’s a topic for another time.
It seems to me that this is one of those times when it’s important to see the big picture, and to think about what’s just likely to happen should one or the other of these two people get in the oval office. For the first time in my voting life, I, like so many of my friends, am going to vote against someone rather than for someone. I wouldn’t call this an enviable position for anyone, but that’s the truth of it.
Now, I’m not going to endorse one of the other, and my vote is my business just as your vote is yours, so all I’m going to say is this. Please vote. For me there’s nothing worse than seeing an American citizen neglect his/her responsibility by not voting. The reason voting is so important is that so many of our very best and brave have paid the ultimate price so that we have this most precious right, and when you refuse to vote you dishonor these people who died so that you might have it. So I say it again. Please vote.
And when you vote, please give careful consideration to it. There’s a lot of stories, half-truths, and innuendo considering both of these candidates, but the truth of who these people really are is out there. The question I believe we must ask ourselves is what kind of country do we want to live in, and what kind of people do we want to be? Your vote is your answer to those questions. I hope you can live with the answer.