Today is one of the great days our country celebrates. It is the day when we vote (peacefully) for the leader of our country for the next four years (ok, we vote for people who actually elect the President, but why split hairs). It is a day when we have a choice to make about what is or is not important to us as a society. It is a day when the word freedom actually means something, and the rhetoric takes a much needed pause. Like it or not, every adult in this country has the freedom, right, and responsibility to make a choice that impacts the other 300 million+ people we call Americans. These people are our family, friends, and neighbors in some way, shape, or form. The only thing differentiating factor is physical distance, which is nothing really. So, why is this relevant to a blog about Colin and SIDS? Good question. It is relevant because every once in a while, we need to all step back and reassess what is important to us as individuals and as a societal collective (I know, bad Borg reference). When we are given the opportunity to make a choice that is so important, we need to filter through the rhetoric, through the grandstanding, and through the extremists views in a way that we can stand proud and say that "I voted my conscience, and I can look in the mirror and know I did what I thought (and think) is right and just." If each one of us can do that and have that person in the mirror look back and smile, we did our part to make our society and our world better...and that is important in this sphere because for those of us with "angels" looking down on our choices, that mirror reflects a lot more than meets the eye.
Go vote. Vote Democrat or Republican, but vote and do so with your heart and soul, not because you might get a 2% raise next year, but because you might make a difference that is not measured in percentages.