My thoughts in Words
Framing the world through a unique lens to provoke different solutions. "The difficulty... is not to write, but to write what you mean; not to affect your reader, but to affect him precisely as you wish" - R. L. Stevenson
As the candidates finish campaigning and give their closing remarks before Election Day, there are a few things to ponder. Two parties that spent well over 1 billion dollars in ads tearing down their opponent and painting themselves as the perfect picture of political leadership must now wait on votes from the people they look to lead for the next four years.
A lot could have been done with 1 billion dollars. As we face a multiplicity of issues and problems here in the United States from homelessness to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, a lot could have been done with 1 billion dollars, which now seems to be wasted since most people became annoyed by the ads. And let’s be honest, most people do not even remember the ads. 1 billion dollars…..gone.
As early voting is slowly rolling forward and the state of New Jersey tries to come up with alternative ways for people to vote (from emailing in their votes to faxing them), one thing remains true – whoever you are and however you feel, you should vote if you are eligible. Various people in the United States have suffered, fought and in some cases died, so that you can vote and have a say in who runs the government of your country. Yet, so many people do not vote. Why? There are a lot of factors, the main one being that most of them have no concept of what it is like to live in a place where you cannot vote, a place where you have restricted rights and your government does not care about you. There are countries across the globe where people walk miles, risk death and violence to cast their vote to hopefully change their country for the better. Voting is a privilege and a responsibility…….
As you look at the candidates there are those who see the entire picture – from the social policies to the economic impact all the way to foreign policy. There are those who will vote for historical reasons, to continue a legacy or to begin a new one. Then some will vote because they are die-hard for their party. And then a large number will vote based on which administration will benefit them the most. Others will vote due to religious convictions or cultural affinities. Depending on your method for choosing to vote, people may criticize you or point fingers, but at the end of the day, it is your vote.
This is a nation of people with varying backgrounds and convictions… a nation of multiple cultures, beliefs and viewpoints. Whoever has the task of leading these United States of America, my assumption (hopefully not a premature one) is that each candidate wants the “best” for America. They want to see the land prosper; they want to see this country flourish, though each of them has their own way of reaching that end goal.
I leave you with one main thought –pray. The office that each of these men looks to hold (or retain) is one of great pressure, great stress and sometimes great frustration, so they need your prayers and support. My final thoughts are taken from the closing of the Inaugural Address of President James A. Garfield, 20th president of the United States -
“…And now, fellow-citizens, I am about to assume the great trust which you have committed to my hands. I appeal to you for that earnest and thoughtful support which makes this Government in fact, as it is in law, a government of the people. I shall greatly rely upon the wisdom and patriotism of Congress and of those who may share with me the responsibilities and duties of administration, and, above all, upon our efforts to promote the welfare of this great people and their Government I reverently invoke the support and blessings of Almighty God.”
Grace and Peace,
Byron Washington, MPA is a Consultant, Youth Mentor, and Life Coach. He is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University and Princeton University. He currently resides in Shanghai, China with his family. - "Change Without Direction is Chaos"