No Excuses - Please Vote on Nov. 4

“Elections belong to the people. It's their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”
Abraham Lincoln

November 4th is quickly approaching. Finally, the end of TV ads you’ve seen so many times you have them memorized, the plethora of candidate debates, the philosophical discussions with friends and family, and the annoying phone calls – and, yes, I admit I’m responsible for a few of those calls. Finally it’s the culmination of it all, and it’s our turn. This is an important time to make sure your voice is heard.

We learned a hard lesson in 2010 about the importance of voting and being an informed voter. As a result of the 2010 election we have had to live four long years with what I call the “Barresi Mistake.” It has been a hard-learned lesson with tremendous consequences. As Lincoln said, if we don’t vote we “… just have to sit on the blisters.”

I have a simple question for you – will you vote? We’ve all heard the various excuses – “I forgot.” “My vote won’t make a difference.” “I was busy.” The list goes on and on, but the fact is they are just that – excuses.

When I read about the women who were beaten, tortured and chained to gain the right to vote, then “I forgot” doesn’t seem like a very good excuse anymore.

Likewise, when I think about the men and women in our military who are willing to give their lives to protect our right to vote, then “I’m busy” seems a pretty lame excuse.

Even today, there are legislative battles being fought to protect our rights to vote. In light of that, the excuse, “My vote won’t make a difference” just isn’t true.

This Tuesday, November 4, is voting day. It’s what our democracy is all about – a government of the people. For those who choose not to vote, what will your excuse be when you have to “sit on the blisters”? 


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