We live in a pretty freaking awesome country. Sure, it has its problems, not a few of which are connected to our politics, but there are some really great things about living in America. If there weren’t, people wouldn’t still be trying to join us in as we continue our grand democratic experiment.
But there’s something that each of us should do, a role that — as citizens — we should perform that too few of us actually seem to accomplish. It’s a fairly simple thing but, as we’ve learned, it can become deceptively complex. If you haven’t guessed yet, it’s voting.
I read an article this past week about Christians planning to abstain from their vote. Effectively, to give up their voice in this election; to give up their ability to help choose our direction. And, they seem to be doing so because they find neither President Obama nor Governor Romney an appropriate candidate.
But, there are more options than that. Voting for a third-party candidate can seem futile; we all know the likelihood of a third-party candidate actually winning the presidency is pretty much slim to none. But, your vote shouldn’t simply be cast based on the likelihood of a candidate’s successful campaign. You should be casting your vote to make your intentions clear. When considered in that light, voting is a magical act.
- Constitution Party: Virgil Goode and Jim Clymer
- Green Party: Dr. Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala
- Justice Party: Rocky Anderson and Luis J. Rodriguez
- Libertarian Party: Gary Johnson and Jim Gray
Voting shouldn’t only be about helping someone win. It’s about making your intention clear to the pollsters, to your friends and family, to the nation, and — if you believe as I do — the gods.
On November 6th — or earlier if your state allows it — make your voice heard.
It’s your vote. Make your move.