Can we except a clean slate?
Yahoo we get to elect a president how cool is that?
I think about 240 years of continuous peaceful change of power. That is so righteous. It is fantastic. Makes me recall a Presidents hand I shook, my eldest daughters picture with presidents and most of all my own, and it is mine, US constitution. Wow declaring independence! And to my knowledge about 7 other countries have framed their after ours. Even France's Declaration of Rights was so fashioned as Jefferson had great influence on it and for sure Franklin did also.
There is this one part that always grabs me about our founding papers. That men are created equal. Clearly this is talking about in the eyes of the Lord. For I am in no way equal to either of our presidential candidates. Hey I played second string my sophomore year in football, the seniors were obviously better that me at that time. Get over it some contribute more for what ever reason. I am not equal to my eldest son's musical talents. And I cannot work as hard as my wife. I am not equal to these in there area.
But tomorrow I vote my choice for president and my choice on a congress woman and my choice on some ballot measures (whatever that means). They are not ballot measures they are Propositions. I will vote where my son went to pre-kindergarten and see neighbors. I always get a sticker that says I voted, but I get mine in Vietnamese to make my son proud. My military guys around here vote by mail. But their wives and kids go to vote at the polls. Really brings a tear of pride to my eyes. I just love to see a mom holding a little one as she keeps our country democratic.
I was at an election in Mexico a couple of decades ago. And I watched folks to vote and then go to the back of the line to vote again. I believe in Vietnam it is still only the politburo that really votes. And truly on the other hand international folks that monitor free elections do not always give us an A rating which is scary.
Now you knew damned well that I was going to add this song with this great American, one more that shows I am not equal.
I do not know how he does it, we hike 10 miles into the Grand Canyon and he sleeps in a hammock?
But voting is not really where it is at.
I wonder who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. voted for and why. A street named for him in just about every city in the US. Murals all over and special buildings named for him. If America had Saints or Royalty. He would be one. I was only about eleven when he died but my mom made me watch a whole lot of then TV about him and his funeral. Same thing for JFK and Robert Kennedy. And I have spent time mourning when all Presidents die. For some crazy reason that I have not figured out Nixon's death hit me hard. And Carter's - oh wait he is still alive. Excuse me no disrespect meant.
Presidents come and go. But civil leaders come and rise. Caesar Chavez was a hero. Streets named after him also. Did you recall that our first President was not a politician. Really neither was T. Roosevelt, Reagan, Eisenhower and clearly not Trump.
I just talked with my first grader son. He tells me they vote all the time in their class to decide some things to do. I explained to him that I was elected by parents and teachers at his school to be a chairman on the council that decides how to spend money. He was aghast that the whole school voted and I won. So awesome that he is starting to get voting.
But that is only phase one of being a citizen. Phase two is far more important.
Who was president in '68 when MLK got killed? Who cares? I bet you do not know what L. Stone, E. Stanton and S. Anthony have in common and you dang sure do not know who was president when they busted out and began to create women's rights.
I wonder if you ever met, I wonder if you know about Russel Means and the Olgala Lakota tribe. Now famous for Standing Rock where my family will send one of us to go join in protest today. It is interesting that a guy that had his family murdered by Mexican soldiers became the greatest soldier to drive Mexicans out of the now United States. A chief and warrior named Geronimo. He certainly did better than our Alamo folks.
If you do not know about Ira, please look it up.
What sunrise for all of us.
So we see that our vote is very important. But here is the really good news. Regular old people make more of an impact on this country than do presidents. What? You go crazy about this thought. Well just tell me who ran against Grant. But I would figure you know who George Patton was. He really was brash and kind of reminds me of Trump in his crassness. But not a president. I wonder about old Mark Twain - Samuel Clemons, heck I am a writer, just maybe I will make a difference like Edward Abbey. There was a guy named Audubon. And there was a man named Frederick Douglass who was awesome. And a lady named Betsy Ross. And there was a man named Nathan Hale. My vote is still out on the terrorists known as Black Panthers. What was the name of that person that put a flower in the barrel of a National Guard's rifle? I like to recall what those dudes Lewis and Clark did. For me the folks that endured the "dust bowl" are heroes.
Are we just lucky to vote? And does it mean a damn thing - we say "phew the election season is over". And then do we stop and pick up no banner? Our right is to vote our heritage is to act. Can we be true Americans if we are done on election day? I say no. My people do not stop when a new one of whatever is elected. I will soon run for another county position of election. We must do what we can or our nation is one of those who don't. It is way out of my comfort zone. But the comfort that I have by being fortunate and blessed is not a comfort earned but being earned.
Are we a nation of voters? I think not. Does our President lead without our support or input? I do not think so. Americans are tasked to do great things outside our elected officials. We are charged with the responsibility to make and keep America ahead of the curve.
My wife immigrated here and perhaps loves my country of birth more than I. Maybe because she was raised in a nation of communists. I do not care why, I care that it is true. Think this through to your thoughts. You dang well owe me as another citizen to get up off your butt and lead me. We need you beyond election day. We need you to be more than you can be.