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Dear Citizens

Updated on November 7, 2016

Can we except a clean slate?

Something like Tabula Rosa is what it is called. I am a writer so I like any empty piece of paper.
Something like Tabula Rosa is what it is called. I am a writer so I like any empty piece of paper. | Source

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?

Somewhere in Northern Arizona
Somewhere in Northern Arizona | Source

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.

Please this is a sunrise not a sunset.
Please this is a sunrise not a sunset. | Source

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.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are quite right it was LBJ.

      Awe yes the Philosopher King concept. And the notion of a Benevolent dictator. A Utopia.Should the illiterate have a say in what happens to other illiterates?

      Kind of puts a different light on term limits.

      Thanks Lawrence

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 years ago


      I found out the other day that Socrates hated democracy!

      He thought that giving the 'Man/woman' in the street who hadn't bothered to educate themselves about the issues was plain wrong!

      I'd agree with him, that's why I believe listening to the 'discussions' and all that is so important.

      By the way I'm pretty sure it was LBJ in power when Martin Luther King was shot, but it was the year Nixon came to power.


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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Manatita,

      We a blessed to live in a world and time when liberties are prevailing.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I share your concerns but after voting I feel relieved, Not because one or the other wins but because we can get to marvel at our true civic leaders.

      Men and women who love us and who we know and love. From that grows a true democracy. And it is that to which I was born.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      What wonderful words to keep in mind today. I love this country (warts and all), and like you I weep during the National Anthem and at our annual 4th of July parade.

      It is often said that the person who holds the office of President of the United States is the most powerful person on earth. Almost. The people who ELECT that person are the most powerful. I wish this election cycle had focused more on issues than on insults. Perhaps it's because this is the first election that has been direction by social media. It's given both candidates lots of free press, but at what cost to the rest of us.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How right you are Dana, thank you for emphasizing that point.

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      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I'm so glad I only have to walk across the street to our neighborhood high school and vote. Next time I will vote by mail. Anyway, I love this saying - if you don't exercise your right to vote, then don't complain-

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby, I admit I cry and the National Anthem. Man o Man I am proud to be an American. And as I contemplated my blessing in this regard I found that politicians fell way short of my admiration for activists. Thanks for coming by and commenting.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      This is a great election message. Looking back, we've had some people who made a real difference in American culture. I voted early. I hope everyone will feel the need to vote. Thank you again..

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you John. Yes I kind of made this US centrist, but as I was writing I realized this is a global concept And we can think of doers all around the world.

      I am going to cogitate on the idea of compulsory voting.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill there is this fairly brand new approach to depression and actually getting going and doing stuff. In stead of counting to ten, you reverse it and count down from five. Now we know it as a means for anyone to move out of their comfort zone. I need to up my ante and start attending civic meetings.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel, I can just see myself fording the mighty Sweetwater River on the bow of the boat looking like a commander.

      I wonder just how many pounds political stuff that you carried on your shoulder much like Atlas did with the heavens.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A wonderful message to your fellow Americans, Eric. But, even I got something out of it. Interesting read. We have compulsory voting here.. Get fined if we don't.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great message! The direction of this country will be determined by those who take action, and if we are not going to take action, then we are resigned to sitting on the sidelines moaning about those who do.

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      I told my coworkers today I am tired of democracy, and I meant it. Democracy has made my right arm numb where my mail bag hangs. What we need is a benevolent dictator, and I vote for you. Let me know when you cross the Rubicon like Caesar, which in your case would be the Sweetwater. Instead of marching on Rome you can march on Bonita and go from there. Veni Vidi Vici. Great sermon.


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