I don’t talk much about politics in this blog, but I feel it is important since it is election day. I’m not here to steer your vote either way, but only to say that everyone should exercise your right to vote. A vote is your voice. And, if this blog is about nothing else, it is about knowing yourself and raising your voice.
I’ve heard people say, “Oh, I don’t get involved in politics. I don’t keep up with that stuff.” Maybe you think that politics doesn’t matter to you, but you are touched by it every day.
It’s every stop light. It’s the gas prices. It’s the healthcare choices available to you and your family. It’s food. It’s your mortgage interest rate. It’s your banking fees. It’s the grants and loans that will send your children to college. It’s your next mammogram. It’s the moment when your family needs help and doesn’t know where to turn. It’s getting older and retiring. It’s the next hurricane. It’s the environment and climate change.
Every one of those situations involves a decision that is being made for you. But, made by whom? Is it people who care about your best interest or people who have the best interest of others in mind? This is the question that must be answered.
The campaign is a merely a job interview. It’s an interview for the job of leader. It’s rare for people to get a chance to choose their leader, but we have been afforded this chance. We each get one vote. But, the vote is not only to choose who is best for the job, but who has your best interest when they make decisions that affect your life and lives of your children. So, when you vote. Vote for yourself. Think about your life and the challenges you face or may face. Who can make those challenges work for you instead of against you? Vote for the health and well-being of your family. Make a smart decision for the country.
I believe that we are on the cusp of a collective consciousness. It is as if we are slowly waking up and people are beginning to see the world as it is instead of as they have been led to believe it is. People are starting to realize that it is not necessary for us to choose who others love, what choices they make about their bodies or that we are not all as different as we mistakenly thought. I think we are slowly waking up to a country that wants to take care of the next person and work together for the greater good. It’s happening, but it is happening slowly. When you make your vote, if you want this collective consciousness to gain momentum, who is the person who can lead us into this new awareness and transparency.
Make your decision. Make your decision known by voting. It’s your right as citizen. But, your voice is your right as a human being. It doesn’t matter who you vote for. All that matters is that you make a decision that fits your best interest and that you vote today. Exercise your right.
“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”- Lyndon B. Johnson