Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Privilege - (priv''l ij) n. a special right, favor, etc. given to some person or group.
I voted. Actually, I voted last week. This is my first election season out among my fellow Americans. Having spent the last 17 years at home, my circle for discussion and debate has been fairly small (read: tame). This year was different and although I noted that most of the folks I work around were careful not to say exactly who they voted for, they assured me they had or would vote.
As one who didn't start voting until about twelve years ago, (yes, I know, shame on me!) I'm so enthralled with not only the act of voting but the very idea; the privilege of voting.
Some do not view voting as such. They see it as a chore. They don't care who wins, "They're all the same." Yet, these same fine folks will gripe and moan when the government does something they don't like. In my book, if they didn't vote, they do not have the right to complain.
John Quincy Adams once said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”
I hope you've voted today or that you plan to. Voting is part of what makes this country great. It's an honor, a privilege.