In my final pre-election post, I just want to say, "VOTE!"
Voting is the single most precious right we Americans enjoy. Millions of Americans have given their lives to protect this right. It is the miracle that most characterizes our nation.
Our Republic--and it is, much to the dismay of many Democrats, a Republic, not a Democracy--depends upon your participation.
Throughout our nation's history, the ability for America to experience a peaceful transition from one administration to the next, no matter how rancorous and hateful the political battle may be, has been the inspiration for millions of people across the world who could only dream of such a system.
This civil transfer of power is the wonder of the world. Unlike our European friends, unlike those who still live under despots who mandate their citizens vote in a pathetic and distorted imitation of our system, we still elect one individual to be our leader. No parliamentary vote, no sham elections, just each citizen exercising their natural, God-given right to self-determination.
Today Foreign Policy reports that some among the U.N. election observers are still over-awed at our elective process.
Nuri K. Elabbar, head of Libya's national election commission, said, "It's an incredible system. It's very difficult to transfer this system as it is to any other country. This system is built according to trust and this trust needs a lot of procedures and a lot of[Read the article at the above link]
education forother countries to adopt it."
It is that trust, that confidence that the system, for all its flaws and controversies, will still work that makes our nation unique.
WE ARE AMERICANS. No matter what our differences, no matter our politics, once every four years we come together and through a series of messy, rancorous, highly charged campaigns choose who will be in our government and which direction that government will take.
It is simply and amazing, awesome process and despite all the histrionics and extreme predictions, we still survive.
As a conservative it is my fervent hope that you will vote for Mitt Romney and that he will, in concert with a Republican majority in Congress, lead us out of our economic doldrums into a real, vigorous recovery, but no matter what the outcome, it all begins with a single individual entering a voting booth and casting his vote for the candidate who most reflects his or her views.
Do I believe that another four years of President Obama would be disastrous for our nation? Yes, but the alternative--not having this messy process is far more frightening than even a repeat performance of the last four years.
So . . . no matter who you are, no matter what your party affiliation, no matter who you chose to support, "GET UP OFF YOUR ASS AND VOTE!"
If you fail to do so, you lose another of one of our greatest privileges, the right to gripe and complain about who wins. If you don't vote, then I don't want to hear you whine about who wins.
It's your right and your duty as a citizen. So VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
Vote as if you life depended on it--ultimately it does.
Long Live Our American Republic!!!!