Monday, November 3, 2008
One Day and Counting
Tomorrow is Election Day in the United States.
I am thrilled that this never-ending campaign is finally going to be over. For almost two years, we have had to put up with the candidates and the pundits, the radio talk shows and the TV news and commentary programs, the accusations and the insinuations, the maneuvering and the backpedaling, the name-calling and the fact-twisting. No one person or political party is innocent. They all do it.
I think one of the most important rights - and responsibilities - we have in this country is the right to elect our leaders. The system is not perfect, and neither are the people we elect. They're as human as we are, and their election to office does not turn them into divine beings. We have to remember that when this thing is finally over. Whoever wins this thing is going to have a long road to hoe to fix the problems (the economy, the war, our dependence on foreign oil and gas, our reputation in the world, our position in the world and more) facing this country. He is not going to be able to fix them overnight, and he is not going to be able to fix them alone. It's going to take time, and it's going to take all of us working together - as US citizens, not as democrats or republicans or independents - to fix this mess.
No matter which candidate you back, I hope you vote tomorrow.