“As heirs to a legacy more than two centuries old, it is understandable why present-day Americans would take their own democracy for granted. A president freely chosen from a wide-open field of two men every four years; a Congress with a 99% incumbency rate; a Supreme Court comprised of nine politically appointed judges whose only oversight is the icy scythe of Death — all these reveal a system fully capable of maintaining itself. But our perfect democracy, which neither needs nor particularly wants voters, is a rarity. It is important to remember there still exist other forms of government in the world today, and that dozens of foreign countries still long for a democracy such as ours to be imposed on them.”
— Jon Stewart, “America (The Book): A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction”

This is a major election year here in the US – not only the presidency, but ultimately, and perhaps more importantly, control of both houses of Congress (the Senate and the House of Representatives), are up for grabs. Although things are definitely a bit different this year, the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November is the codified date that gets labeled “Election Day”.  I realize that many of you that are eligible to vote in US elections have likely already cast your ballots,  but if not – please do.

While it is true, and obvious, that I have a definite preference for the outcome, the fact is that I firmly believe that our system of government cannot work when eligible voters do not participate – and the US has very poor turnout rates, even in presidential elections. Voting is the only meaningful way that “we the people” are able to make our positions known. A government that was intended to be by, of, and for the people cannot long stand without “the people”. And you don’t have to be voting the way I’d like, for me to still encourage you to participate in the process.

So, if you haven’t already, get out there and VOTE.

Stay well.