Election 2016 Is Finally Here
History has it’s eyes on all of us today. We may not like the outcome, we may not like our options, but regardless of our particular feelings, we have the obligation and privilege to vote today. Your vote is your voice, let it be heard.
For all the feelings of anger, frustration, and disenfranchisement we have all felt at one time or another through all of this, this is the time to go to the polls and channel it into the most constructive vessel of opinion this country was designed to give us.
Regardless of how you feel, vote. Vote your convictions. Vote for the person who best hears your voice (because you do have one). Whether that means voting for Trump or Clinton, or going third party, vote. You may not like your options, but be thankful that we have them!
Okay, that’s enough of a pep talk. I’ll let George Washington finish this thought:
“The unity of government which constitutes you one people is also now dear to you. It is justly so, for it is a main pillar in the edifice of your real independence, the support of your tranquility at home, your peace abroad; of your safety; of your prosperity; of that very liberty which you so highly prize. But as it is easy to foresee that, from different causes and from different quarters, much pains will be taken, many artifices employed to weaken in your minds the conviction of this truth; as this is the point in your political fortress against which the batteries of internal and external enemies will be most constantly and actively (though often covertly and insidiously) directed, it is of infinite moment that you should properly estimate the immense value of your national union to your collective and individual happiness; that you should cherish a cordial, habitual, and immovable attachment to it; accustoming yourselves to think and speak of it as of the palladium of your political safety and prosperity; watching for its preservation with jealous anxiety; discountenancing whatever may suggest even a suspicion that it can in any event be abandoned; and indignantly frowning upon the first dawning of every attempt to alienate any portion of our country from the rest, or to enfeeble the sacred ties which now link together the various parts.” — George Washington’s Farewell Address, 1796