The polls haven’t closed yet. Millions of Americans are on their way or waiting in line to cast their votes in dozens of essential midterm elections across the country. No matter who wins, at the end of the day, we’ll all still be alive. Elections are important. The free expressions of our thoughts and beliefs are just as important. No matter who wins, we still live in a democratic republic where 2 to 6 years from now we can change out those who don’t meet our expectations. The American Way.
Regardless of how our opinions vary from county to county and state to state, we cannot forget the most important thing about these elections. We are free Americans! No one election will have immediate and dire effects on the country. That isn’t to say they can’t have adverse effects over time. On the contrary, that is what usually happens. Government programs typically take time to produce any noticeable results and politicians who want immediate results are often too short-sighted to see past their next election to care until it is too late. That is why you must vote carefully but vote none the less.
No nation has ever been without sin. However, America is far from being the great evil the world and many of its citizens seem to believe it is. In this day and age what matters most to just be yourself. Vote your conscience, but I ask you to keep one thing in mind. Don’t vote for the greater good, as the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Vote for that which gives the highest value to the individual. Thomas Jefferson once famously said, “If men were angels, no government would be needed.” Don’t pick that which limits the meaning and scope of the individual for the welfare of the group. But pick that which lets ever person be who they wish to be and has the ability to contribute to the group if they which. After all, virtue is only virtue if the individual chooses it. If you force someone to be virtuous, that’s tyranny, and it loses all of its meaning.
I want with all my heart the right to live my life how I see fit without other people interfering. I want the right to enjoy the fruits of my labor and the right to decide what I want to be a part of or not. I don’t think this is far-flung or outlandish. I want to be the man I am and have what I have without anyone taking either from me. In short, I want to be a free American.
People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.
– Otto Von Bismark