As I am sure everyone is aware, tomorrow, Tuesday, November 3, 2020, is the day that Americans have the opportunity to vote for the next President of the United States. In full disclosure, this post is not going to include opinions or statements about Republicans or Democrats, nor Donald Trump or Joe Biden (although it is very tempting) 😉
Rather, I have a few reminders and simple requests:
- As Americans, we are blessed to live in the longest continuous democracy the world has ever known. We are fortunate that our Founding Fathers put together an amazing framework that has enabled us to become a truly amazing country.
- The opportunity that we as Americans have to elect the leader of our country is a privilege that citizens of many countries do not have. In fact, many of our fathers and grandfathers have fought in wars to protect this sacred privilege.
- A two-party (or multi-party) system will almost always result in significant differences of opinion as to what are the best decisions to make as a country going forward, whether regarding taxation, national defense, health care, etc. The key is to find ways to discuss these differences in a respectful way without alienating one another. Extreme partisanship results in discord and the inability to make progress.
A few simple requests:
- Please take the time to vote. Both of my grandfathers served in World War I, and my father served in World War II. They served so that all Americans could continue to have the opportunity to live in a democracy and choose their own leaders.
- Regardless of your religious preference, or even if you don’t subscribe to any religion, please pray for a peaceful election day. In the 231 years since George Washington became president on April 30, 1789, we have had peaceful elections. I pray that this trend continues this year.
- NO matter who you vote for, please respect the process. Try to avoid saying “I don’t understand what you are talking about.” When I hear this statement, I usually respond with a question: “Do you want to understand?” If so, I try my best to explain. And as you most likely already know, I often like to quote St. Francis: “Seek to understand before you are understood.”
I am very proud to be an American! Have a wonderful Election Day!!