"While soldiers defend freedom, politicians debate it, lawyers interpret it, and the press exercises it, citizens embody it. We the people make liberty happen. If we don't keep freedom and justice vigorous - by serving on juries and following the news and voting in every election - we can allow them to die. That's what happened in Rome. Its citizens didn't create the imperious Caesar, whom the Senate named dictator for life. They allowed him.
Democracy itself is a kind of marriage: challenging, high maintenance, full of squabbles and annoyances, and - when luck and effort converge - a miracle."
~~ Jay Heinrichs
I feel uncharacteristically nervous about the election today. I am unsure if its the months-long media avalanche that has my stomach in knots, the massive amount of money spent to buy our votes, the apathy and/or ignorance among our citizenry, or the general, consistent downward spiral of integrity and morality permeating society as a whole. Maybe it's not as bad as my perception depicts. Maybe it's that avalanche thing. Maybe it's sheer mind-exhaustion.
I'm told that many churches have prayer chains for which members sign-up for two hour slots so that there are prayers being said for the twenty-four hours that are election day. They are to pray for McCain/Palin to win the Presidency. Already members have been fasting and praying every Sunday for a couple of months now.
I imagine there are churches doing the same thing for Obama/Biden.
I guess God will tally up the prayers and let us know who the faithful voted for President? Hmm. I don't think it works that way.
I've always felt unqualified to tell God what to do, you know, dictating to him what's best. I use my knowledge, experience and reasoning, my belief system, even my gut to make decisions and let him take care of the outcome. Thankful I've been that he does things his way because, as the Bible says, his ways are higher than ours. He knows more than we do. It's seems hard for some people to believe, I know, but it's true.
While I believe in being a diligent citizen and keeper of liberty, still I will be very relieved when this election is over.
That being said, Please Vote if you haven't already. Fatigue is no excuse for shirking.
After all, it's up to we the people to guard and defend our liberties.
Shall we allow them to be taken away, or shall we diligently - tenaciously - hold on to the original good that founded this nation?
It's a choice - and an important one.
And it's ours.