The power of the vote

"We electors have an important constitutional power placed in our hands: we have a check upon two branches of the legislature, as each branch has upon the other two; the power I mean of electing at stated periods, one branch, which branch has the power of electing another. It becomes necessary to every subject then, to be in some degree a statesman: and to examine and judge for himself of the tendencies of political principles and measures." John Adams, The Papers of John Adams, Robert J. Taylor, ed. (Cambridge: Belknap Press, 1977), Vol. 1, p. 81


With those words, John Adams, the 2nd President of the Unites States of America (and one of my favorite founding fathers and Presidents) expressed quite clearly the importance of the vote. Fast forward, Iowa 2016: Hilllary Clinton wins by .3 or 3/10 of one percent…that more clearly than anything, illustrates the importance of one vote.

Voting has been made as easy and convenient as it is possible to be at this point. There is early voting, there is online voting, there is mail-in voting…about the only place one cannot vote is Facebook. Well…Pinterest too, I guess. The important issue here is to vote. Get out, vote for the candidate of your choice—don’t not vote simply because your candidate is not favored. The only effect of that strategy is (effectively) a vote for the other guy. It’s counterproductive.

We live in a time of great turning. Our nation, this Great Republic in which we are all so blessed to live, faces a series of crisis from without and within. We have Senators who think they can usurp the Constitution of the United States of America, we have militia groups who think they can take over a bird sanctuary because they believe the Constitution gives no right to the Federal government to set aside land—and also because they didn’t want to pay taxes on their own land—we have the bitter memory of September 11; what we have most of all, is the chance to make a difference. YOUR VOTE moves us in that direction. Please, please, please…Go Vote. Feel the Bern, vote for Hillary…just please VOTE.

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