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Happy Voting!

“The pen is mightier than the sword.” Edward G. E. Lytton 1803-1873

This election has been a wonderful fertilizer for the roots of character.  It is difficult at times but our greatest goal/objective of this life is character, for it is the only thing that we carry with us forever.

 Now today if your guy does not win it may feel like it’s the end of the World As We Know It (although if you’re Mayan, that’s reportedly not far off).

 Instead it is America’s opportunity once again to participate in the process. Finally it is Election Day. We, the governed, get to give our consent to being governed.

 This concept is truly amazing as national governance goes. For centuries most of the world has been ruled by kings, rulers with absolute powers, and tyrants.

Two-hundred, thirty-six years ago, the USA embarked on an experiment in governance previously unheard of.  Oh, it was dreamed of by many!   But experienced by very, very few.  What the Founding Fathers created for us is truly amazing.  Every two, four, and six years we have an opportunity to give our say in how we want to be governed. The Fathers told us it is our right, given to us by God, to determine how we will be governed.

 We have “certain unalienable rights” that the government must protect; and that government derives its “just powers from the consent of the governed” and “that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or abolish it.” That’s amazing if you think about it.

 But they didn’t just leave us with that charge — which comes from the Declaration of Independence, by the way. In our Constitution, they laid out for us a form of Government that can be changed or altered without anyone ever firing a shot or participating in a riot.  We’re far more civilized than that. We get to participate! All citizens of this country have to do is VOTE.  We get to choose who will represent us in our government. Most countries around the world don’t have this right! But, keeping this unalienable right that guarantees us the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness is entirely in our hands.

Voices are heard by voting!

Every election cycle “We the People” either approve or disapprove of our governors at the polling place. It truly proves the maxim that the “pen is mightier than the sword.” If we like what’s happening we can reelect; if we don’t — we vote them out, very peaceful, very matter of fact.  It’s simple really.  But that simplicity can also be it’s undoing. It’s all dependent on participation.

 Happy Voting!

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