As parents we are busy. We are tired. It is often hard to care about anything more than what is happening in our house, with our own family. I understand that at times it is easier to ignore the world around us and push through with our heads down. But now is not that time. Now it is time to find our passion. Tuesday is our chance as parents, as keepers of the kingdom for the next generation, to help choose the path that our nation will take for our children's lives. We must take a stand for what we think will be the best for them.
I am not going to tell you who to vote for. I am passionate about my beliefs. If you know me in the reals or talk to me for five minutes, you will figure out which way my bread is buttered. But, as I have said before, y'all don't come here to hear what I think about politics. You do come here to read my ramblings, and for that I am thankful and appreciative. So let me take a second to tell you how strongly I believe that it is our responsibility to care. It is our responsibility to help guide the direction of our country. It is our responsibility to show our children that every vote counts.
If you can, take your kids with you to vote. Explain to them why you are voting for the people you are voting for. Tell them how you made up your mind. Explain that someday it will be their responsibility to make up their own mind about who to vote for. Explain that sometimes friends and neighbors and families don't always agree on who to vote for, and that is okay. It is what makes being American great. We can say what we think and be who we want to be. We each are gifted a vote to help decide the direction our country takes. It is an empowering and awesome responsibility. To not use that vote is irresponsible as citizens and parents.
As parents we cannot afford to be apathetic. We cannot give up or stick our head in the sand. We cannot pretend that it doesn't matter. Because it does matter. Choose to care. Find something that matters to you. Education, health care, taxes, employment. No matter what you decide to champion, it will have an effect on your children's lives. Vote to make their lives better. Vote to show them that it is important to be passionate and take a stand.
It is the right thing to do as an American, but more importantly, as a parent. We must work to make the world the place we want to leave our children. If we don't, who will?
Stand for something. Go vote.
To live is to choose. But to choose well, you must know who you are and what you stand for, where you want to go and why you want to get there. --Kofi Annan