November 12, 2012
Some of you complained in the run up to last week's election: about the ads, about your favorite shows being preempted by the debates, about the robocalls. Some of you got mad at your friends for their partisan facebook posts. Since the election, some of you have been smug and happy; others livid and checking the options for moving. There is a general relief that it is behind us.
Through it all try to remember that you live in America. We are not promised full-time harmony or delight in all the candidates or outcomes or process. What we have, however, is a system that allows for power sharing and peaceful transitions as leadership structures change. If you travel around the world, you'll notice that not everyone lives that way (think coups, bloody rebellions, and oppression).
Here's a story to help you remember that voting--no matter how infuriating a process--is something you should cherish:
On October 22, my sister was riding her bike to work in Dallas. A car hit her. The crash broke both her arms. She doesn't drive and with casted arms, she can't steer her bike.
On election day, she called her county party headquarters to see if she could get a ride to go vote. She got the voice mail and left a message, but no one called her back.
So she walked the two miles to her polling place. When she got there she couldn't open the door to get in there. She waited several minutes and watched several people go in and out before the door finally stayed open long enough for her to slip inside.
She voted. Then she walked home.
Some of her candidates won. Some of her candidates lost. She was proud to vote.
And I'm proud of her.