Commentary: The Privilege of Voting

It is not a new concept. It is time we accept it as truth.

Divided we fall.

In our silence, we have manufactured a divide.

Let’s talk politics you and I. We have been told we should not. We have been told we should be polite and not speak of religion or reveal our conservative or liberal beliefs.

I want to hear what you have to say and what you believe. I will listen to you whether you listen to me or not. This is not an ultimatum. I want to hear what you have to say. I want to learn why my beliefs are wrong in your eyes. I hope that you will let me try and explain why I stand the way I do. Why I lean right or left. You don’t have to agree with me. I am ok with that. I would like you to live free and I hope that you wish the same for me and everyone.

We don’t have to live with hatred and be angry with one another. We owe it to future generations to find a way to live peacefully with each other and sacrifice to make things better for everyone.

Tuesday, April 2 once again gives us an opportunity to fulfill our civic duty and find our way to the voting booth. It is a privilege to step behind the curtain and vote. So many sacrificed so that we could fill in small ovals on a ballot. They didn’t fight so we could fight. They fought so we could be free.

No matter the outcome of the elections – it is our collective responsibility to hold our politicians to a higher standard – to make OUR government keep us all free, healthy, and safe.

Together we are strong. Together we solve problems.

Let’s have a conversation. Let’s listen. Let’s move forward.

Thanks for reading.