Election Day

A weapon that comes down as still
 
As snow-flakes fall upon the sod;
 
But executes a freeman’s will
 
As lightning does the will of God;
 
And from its force, nor doors nor looks
 
Can shield you;—’t is the ballot-box.

John Pierpont from his poem A Word From A Petitioner

Today is election day and I will be going out to vote.  The franchise is a very precious right and purchased at a very high price and I remember that when I go into the voting booth.

It is easy to become cynical about the political process, but I tend to be cynical about cynicism.

I hope the candidates that I support will prevail, but I always strive to recall these words of Abraham Lincoln:

I thank you, in common with all others, who have thought fit, by their votes, to indorse the Republican cause. I rejoice with you in the success which has, so far, attended that cause. Yet in all our rejoicing let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.

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Published in: on November 6, 2012 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on Election Day  
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