A V-formation flock of geese seems to have one member of the group as the leader, but each member takes its turn at the point of the V, leading the way as the others in the formation honk in encouragement. The geese stay together, even when one becomes sick or injured; the group stays with it until it is well enough to continue the journey at its regular pace.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Tuesday I took advantage of the call to vote early.I'm glad I did.That first week in November is going to be a
medically rough one for me and this is one election I didn't want to miss, yet
I left the polling place feeling a little sad.It wasn't just that a group of seniors were eating their lunch a few
feet from the polling place and the little voting station where I marked my
electronic ballot was parked in front of the only access to the coat closet and
people kept pushing me aside to reach their coats, or that the voting machine
seemed to have a dying battery causing it to take long, long pauses before
accepting the choices I pushed.It just
didn't feel the same.
To me election day has always been a special day, a sort of
national holiday where Americans join together to express our pride in being
Americans.There is a kind of prestige
in wearing a sticker proclaiming "I voted!"I like standing in line with friends and
neighbors in a sort of camaraderie that proclaims "we're Americans and we
know our duty!"
I've had an interest in politics since I was a child and
first spotted an "I like Ike" sign on the back of an old Hudson
parked on our small town's Main street.I've voted in every election since I was old enough to vote.I've attended mass meetings and caucuses,
held voting district and legislative district offices, been a delegate, worked
as a page for the legislature, and as a reporter I got to meet many presidents,
governors, and big name politicians.I've worked on the campaigns of winners and losers.However, this year I think the campaign has
been too long and too negative.I don't
like the horrible ads sponsored by PACs and outside groups.I'm glad it's winding down, but I feel more
jittery and nervous about the results than usual.It just seems there is so much at stake this
In my early teens I had the opportunity to serve at a
banquet where the governor of Idaho was the guest of honor.I was thrilled to be assigned his table.I noticed there was no butter on the table and
hurried to remedy the situation.Just as
I approached his table with a tray of butter, a lady approached him from the other
side.He abruptly stood, bumped my tray,
and the butter slid down the front of his suit.
When Ronald Reagan was his party's nominee for President he
visited Utah and I had the privilege of walking with him down that long hall at
the Salt Palace and conducting him to the private banquet room where he was
expected.My husband and children were
to meet me there and they arrived while we were strolling down that hall, he
took the time to shake hands with each of them and laugh and talk with my
family for a few minutes before we continued on.
Chosen as a delegate to a conference in Washington DC I was
impressed by the charming, able young governor from a Southern state who emceed
the main meetings.Not many years later
Bill Clinton was elected President.
Most people don't follow politics as closely as I do and
that's all right.In this country you
only have to be over eighteen and a citizen to vote, but it helps a great deal
to be informed.That includes taking
most political ads with a grain of salt and ignoring the big mud slams of the
last few weeks of a campaign.And with
all of the national hype, a voter might think picking the right presidential,
senatorial, and representative are all that matter.Important as these offices are, remember the
positions closest to home often impact us the most.Choose wisely and be sure to vote!