Saturday, September 8, 2012

60 Days

Wow.  There are so many things we people can accomplish in 60 days: 

Transform our bodies.
Eliminate our sicknesses.
Change our financial pictures.
Achieve enlightenment.
Be ready to beat the GMAT test.

Apparently we can even understand Israel in 60 days.

In 60 days we will elect a President to serve and lead this nation for four years.

I don't think I'd be setting my expectations too high to believe if we can go from fat to thin, unhealthy to well, soulless to enlightened, clueless to brilliant, and ready to take over future peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine in less than 9 weeks that we can certainly figure out who we believe the best of two candidates is for President. 

(Best of two.  Ron Paul is not on the ballot, young people. Don't boycott the polls because your guy didn't make the top is important to be a participant in our democracy. I think Ron Paul would tell you that.)

There are sermons everywhere on the Internet about the hard fought honor and unparalleled privilege Americans enjoy - the right to vote in peaceful elections.  I probably do not need to remind you that people participating in some other countries' "free elections" in the 21st century have lost their fingers and hands.

What I want to convey is this:  Now is not the time to ditch politics.  Now is THE time to embrace the falderal - regardless of how nonsensical you think the ongoing games of political chicken are. Turn off MSNBC and FOX.  Read.  If what you're reading sounds rabid, read something else.  Channel your high school civics teacher - who, if she was like mine, explained that her most important job was putting 16-year olds on paths to becoming an informed electorate. 

Or, if you prefer, embrace the genius of Thomas Jefferson

Convinced that the people are the only safe depositories of their own liberty, and that they are not safe unless enlightened to a certain degree, I have looked on our present state of liberty as a short-lived possession unless the mass of the people could be informed to a certain degree.

Don't tune out now.  It's really okay to find out something surprisingly nice about a candidate you think you don't like. In fact, it might make you generally happier and less fearful.
We can do this (Yes We Can!).
We have 60 days.


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