I thought long and hard about today. I knew what I was thankful for, but I was raised to be very hush hush about my political stance. It’s a very touchy subject and one that you should probably not discuss with new acquaintances. Many of my closest friends (and family for that matter!) have no idea where I stand on the political spectrum or who I voted for in this or the last election. This post will not get anyone closer to finding out either of those.
But I am thankful to live in a nation of the people. In a country where any natural born 35 year old can run and in a country where my vote counts. Not everyone can say that. Is our government perfect? Surely not. But it is a government that gives me a voice and for that I am thankful.
Today we are all feeling something about the election… excitement, elation, disappointment, confusion, a little high (not so fast Colorado… you may want to wait for the final word from the Federal Government before lighting up). My hope is that we can respect our elected officials and stand united behind them. We are only as strong as we are united. To quote Jack from Lost (in perhaps my all-time favorite line from a tv show ever) “If we can’t work together, we’re going to die alone.” What right do we have to get upset when another country badmouths our government and leaders, if we’re all over Facebook doing the same?
When we were in Scotland, we toured Edinburgh Castle. There was a section of the castle where American radicals were held during the Revolution. Carved into the door from one of the cells was an American flag. It was a very humbling thing for me to see. Knowing one of my fellow countrymen fought so hard for my freedom, my right to vote, my political voice, so long ago. Seeing the flag his hand carved while in captivity. Seeing how brave he was even when locked up.
So today, I am thankful for America, and for all the exciting benefits we truly have living here. Congratulations to all the winning candidates from last night, especially to our President. Lead us well.
Please, please, please keep comments nice guys. While we have the right to freedom of speech in this country, this is my blog, and I will revoke that right if you’re mean.