What there is an election tomorrow?

I know you might be surprised to be informed that tomorrow is Election Day. It’s a day to do your civic duty and make your voice heard. Unless you’ve lived under a rock for the past several months, it’s hard not to know that it’s time to ‘rock the vote.’ If you’re in a swing state, like me, you’re probably being inundated with political ads. I cannot turn on the radio, TV or even run down the street without hearing or seeing some type of advertisement. Obama, Romney, Obama, Romney.

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I can totally empathize with this little girl. I cannot wait for it all to be over so we can move on.

Maybe I remember the previous elections since I’ve been of voting age through the lens of rose-colored glasses, but this year seems extraordinarily negative and hateful. The negativity coming from both sides of the aisle and everywhere in between. I’ve been guilty of saying a politician or two are dumb, but never would I dream of disrespecting the person in the highest office. The bumper stickers I’ve seen on cars make me cringe. I don’t care who is in office, that person is our president and deserves to be respected as such.

Let’s face it, no one person, especially without bipartisan cooperation, is going to ‘fix’ or ‘change’ our country. They are definitely not going to do it in four years or on day one. It’s a long, arduous process, one that requires everyone to work together. Putting all of your effort into preventing the president from being re-elected from the moment he is sworn is, does not help the country. What does help is working together. I know, shocking revelation.

Voting is one of the most important rights that we have as Americans. We are lucky enough to live in a nation where we can influence the future of our country. I urge everyone to educate yourselves on the issues that mean the most to you. Tune out the political ads that are full of half-truths, flat-out lies and jabs at opponents. There are several unaffiliated sources to get the facts about the platforms of both candidates. Here are a few:

http://factcheck.org/

http://www.politifact.com

I don’t care who you vote for, but please do your part, get out there and vote.

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