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My extended family is littered with litigation attorneys. I recognize arguments, and I know when I don’t want to wade in. So it is with voting. I hear Christians tell me why they are voting for Obama, that he’s the only choice. I hear Christians tell me why they are voting for Romney, that he’s the only choice. I enjoy hearing the arguments on both sides, I see valid points on each side.
However, I will say this, one thing that got under my skin was a robocall from Callista Gingrich talking about how she wants God back in control of this country. I googled her, as I couldn’t remember if she was Newt’s wife, only to find Callista testified in 1999 as part of Gingrich’s divorce proceedings that she and Newt began a six-year affair in 1993 while Newt was married to his second wife. Robocalls do not sit well with me, ever, and thickly theological robocalls? Not. Ever.
For whom will I vote and why? Well, there’s this. I have traveled outside the U.S., and I really do value having been born here, living here, having my foreign-born daughter living here as a U.S. citizen. I take this seriously. Walk around the earthquake damaged roads of Leogane, Haiti, a city with little infrastructure, and you’ll remember what things you take for granted in America. Sit with disabled children in an orphanage in Xuanhua, in the People’s Republic of China, children suffering from neural tube defects because their mother’s couldn’t get enough vitamin folates. That’ll break your heart wide open. It’ll remind you about things you may not have thought too much about like enriched foods, or the FDA, or things you may have thought about, like healthcare.
I care about what happens to this country, but I also care that people have the right to vote for whomever they choose to vote. I think that’s the beauty of voting. Choice. I ask most of the young people I know, who are eighteen or older, if they are voting. Many did not register to vote. I am perplexed.
Often the conversation goes like this:
“What?” I ask, “Your first presidential election and you’re opting out? You’re not voting?”
“Yep,” they say.
“You made that choice to not vote?” I ask.
“No,” they say.
“Well, you made the choice not to vote.” I say.
“No, I just didn’t get registered,” he or she will answer.
“Same thing,” I say, because I become crabby.
In a country where we have the freedom to vote, I become incredulous when people choose not to exercise that right, especially young people, who often have energy to spare, who can do and do do whatever they choose to do on a regular basis.
I remember working on a presidential campaign when I was in college and well, it was a night to remember. Sitting on the itchy couch we had scrounged from somewhere in our college apartment watching the election results come in, I was shocked that my candidate, for whom I had worked so hard, fared so badly. But that’s the thing too, what about working for what you believe in, who you believe in? To not vote is the ultimate in political malaise, apathy, which I find scary in the young.
I was asked, “For whom will you vote, and why?” My answer? I’m voting. That’s all you get from me. And, I encourage you to vote too. See you at the polls.
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