“The real problem is not that we are different, nor that we disagree and have conflict. It's that most of us automatically view conflict as something negative rather than as a tool God can use to help us better understand ourselves and one another.

--Robert Ricciardelli”

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

See You At The Polls

Well, this election day has begun rather oddly. Monday morning, after work, I took a nap so I could have a date with my wife, and then short on sleep from my overnight shift I crashed hard. I woke up this morning, got into work to do some requested extra time and found out it had been cancelled. The notice went to my work e-mail during the day Monday—when I’m never there in the first place.

So, here I sit, back at home, trying to catch up on two days worth of news and goings on. And, I have decided that I’m not going to put out a mammoth summary of news blurbs. I may do a short one later. But, right now, I thought I would share a few things I found to remind us all of why voting matters.

I found Veterans sharing their stories in the Ft. Worth Star Telegram. Never forget those who have shed blood or lost friends so that we can have this privilege.

And, I’m repost this from Sunday’s posting:

What’s the deal with US voter apathy/non-involvement?
The United States lags [behind] about 130 countries in voter participation. Discount ones that enforce compulsory voting laws — fewer than a dozen — and America's standing hardly improves.
In 2004, a polarized year we barely reached the voting level of Somalia.
Do you vote? Do you care enough to be involved? Remeber the Iraqis who remained in lines despite bombs going off around them?

Speaking of Iraq, here is a post that shows the emotion of voting in Iraq. The Grand Retort had this excellent post on what voting means. You should pay particular attention to the quotes through the article, too. Then search your heart about voting.
(...H/T to Argghhh for the link...)

And, in a final personal statement on politics in general, I leave you with this picture from Mac, over at Beast Media. I think it speaks for itself.

See you at the polls.