Top 10: Things I Love about Elections in the USA
- I can vote for whomever I choose. I can vote for the Democrat, the Republican, the Independent or the Communist. I can vote Green. I can vote Libertarian. If I lived in Alaska, I could vote for the Alaska Independence party. If I lived in New York, I could vote for the Marijuana Reform party. And wherever I am, I can write in my daddy’s name if I want. I love that.
- I’ve never feared for my life when I voted.
- No one has ever shot at me when I went to vote.
- I love that I can say whatever I want about candidates. And no matter how idiotic, unfair, or uninformed my comments, no one will be dispatched to my door from the US Armed Forces.
- I can take underaged future voters to the polls and they can practice voting. That’s just how much we value voting in this nation: there’s a system to educate our children on the process. I love that.
- I have a choice. I can vote or not vote. Either way, it’s my choice, not the government’s.
- My candidates have won, and my candidates have lost. Laws I disagree with have passed; Laws I believe in have failed. Yet, I still have hope. Sweet.
- I could picket elections sites carrying “How Dare You Vote?” signs. As long as I follow laws that protect the rights of the voters, I could do that. The government will not harm me or my family because of my actions.
- I love that I don’t always get my way. I love that, because I’m not always right. I love that my voice is not the only voice that is heard. Takes the pressure off, don’t you think?
- And I love, I totally love, that nothing is permanent. I get to vote for my governors and presidents every four years, my senators every six, and my representatives every 24 months. Local elections happen even more often than that. So what if I lost this go around? I get another chance. And I just really, really love second chances.
America. It really is beautiful, isn’t it?