Vote tomorrow as if your life depends on it

If you have not voted yet, please remember to do so. Exercise your right as an American to choose the leadership of this country.
I will be working the polls tomorrow for the first time, and for the first time in my life, I am afraid of this coming election day. However, I would like to encourage you to join me in voting and raising your voice for democracy.
We need to remember that we are, first and foremost, human beings and American citizens. WE are what makes America who and what she is. Our choices and our actions speak to the world we wish to create.
When our actions embrace and celebrate division and hatred, we are creating that type of country. When we condone and applaud violence against our own citizens and against a peaceful election process, we are building a country of chaos. We will reap what is now being sown.
The actions of many people lately have demonstrated how far we are sliding from the ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as an extreme minority attempts to restrict and deny the freedoms of others.
Our leadership should embody the honor and strength that we idealize as Americans. Our leaders should demonstrate the UNITY that once made our nation so strong.
This house is divided – perhaps more than it ever was during the civil war. It will not stand as long as the violence against others is seen as humorous, acceptable, or appropriate. That the current resident in the White House has condoned the actions of renegade bands of extremists is unAmerican at best, despotic at worst, and is unpresidential in either case.
Militias, motorcades, and outright violence are NOT part of a free election. Those who have served in the military KNOW what that is when they see it in any other country, and it is SHAMEFUL that they are purposefully blind to the meaning here.
The heart of our nation has been hollowed out by the machinations of those who built their fortunes on the blood and bodies of others and who continue to do so. They live by the “Golden Rule” – that those who have the gold make the rules. They thump bibles and wave the American flag to lend credibility to their attempts to disenfranchise the ones they want to keep under control.
Their greed will be the downfall of the Great Experiment – the wager that our founding fathers took that the untitled, common people of the United States of America could govern themselves better than wealthy oligarchs or monarchs.
Throughout the history of the United States, we have wrestled with this concept. Even the founding fathers were predominantly wealthy, white, educated landowners and they reserved the “rights” to themselves.
We still have the stark division between the haves and have-nots, the educated and working-class, between genders, between shades of skin, of heritage, religion, and more. We still struggle to see “others” as human beings like ourselves, worthy of respect, and standing on common ground.
However, the Great Experiment is not over – yet.
It may take more than casting a ballot to preserve the ideal that is America – the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, regardless of who you are, what you look like, who you love, how you worship, or what your bank balance may be.
It will take raising your voice, even when you tremble inside. It may take standing firm in front of tanks and guns – remembering the trepidation we all felt watching the lone student in Tienanmen Square and realizing HE is now us.
It will take shaming family members into remembering that their hard-line beliefs are harmful to others and to our nation as a whole when those beliefs are held to be more important than the preservation of our very liberty.
It will take the sacrifice of friendships, of family ties, and perhaps of lives.
But first, it must take your vote.
#NovemberIsComing #November3rd #Vote
This was written by my friend Leslie Marsh.
All I ask is after the vote is in, we remember, we’re American’s first. Let’s fight the good fight- instead of each other.
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