Monday, September 14, 2020

Vote For Me And I'll Set You Free

The Temptations sang a song called Ball Of Confusion. The first verse begins;

People moving out, people moving in
Why? Because of the color of their skin
Run, run, run but you sure can't hide
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Vote for me and I'll set you free
Rap on, brother, rap on

It is 2020. That means it is time for us to vote for the person we feel is best qualified to lead our country.

In the United States the leader of the Executive Branch of the federal government is the president. In every year divisible by the number 4 (as in 2020) there is an election to choose who will be our president for the next four years.

No person can be elected president for more than two four year terms whether those terms are consecutive or not. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected to serve 4 terms. There have been other presidents who took office as the result of the elected president dying who served for more than the two terms but not for more. After FDR's long run people felt that a limit to terms was necessary and a law was passed limiting the amount of time that can be served.

The Twenty-second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States says in part;

No person shall be elected to the office of the President more than twice, and no person who has held the office of President, or acted as President, for more than two years of a term to which some other person was elected President shall be elected to the office of the President more than once.

President Trump has served one term as president. Each citizen of the United States who is 18 years of age or older has the right to vote. During the primaries a 17 year old citizen may vote as long as they will be 18 by the time of the presidential election.

Two people plying for my vote. And there are many differences of opinion from them about running this country. Some statements I like and others I do not. I may agree with one candidate on one issue but completely disagree on another.

My ideal candidate would completely agree with me on all issues. I am certain that millions of other voters feel the same way. And I am also certain that not one of those voters completely agrees with me.

So how do I choose the person I will vote for? I pay attention to what the candidates are saying. 

I then listen to speeches. I watch body language. How do they respond to questions? Do they seem knowledgeable about the major issues? Do they have responsible and reasonable solutions to problems facing the people of my country? Do they seem intelligent?

Those are a few of my criteria. I go online. All the candidates post their platforms. I can read each one and decide whether I agree or disagree. I can decide whether they have a real plan or are full of hot air.

When the day to vote arrives I go to my local polling place and cast my secret ballot. Actually this year I am voting absentee. My request for my absentee ballot has been submitted. I will return my completed ballot to the county auditor in person. That way I will not have to depend on shaky mail delivery.

One person close to me says my vote does not matter. Nothing will change.

I believe that as the number of voters declines the politicians take that as an indication that they can do as they wish. If nothing else I want all of them to know that someone (me) is keeping an eye on them. I wish more people felt the same way.

My children all have strong political opinions. Some of them are totally opposite from mine. That is their right and I encourage them to have those opinions. We have some lively discussions.

I also have grandchildren who vote. My two oldest grandsons are the political beings. And they each support a different political party. Luckily they like each other a lot but they do have some good discussions.

They come by it honestly. My parents were active politically as was my father-in-law. We were all taught to care and take the operation of our country. After all we are The People.

 So please register and when the time comes VOTE.


  1. I am waiting for my ballot so I can send it in right away. My husband is going to wait and deliver it to the poll that day. I don’t want to wait because, well, you never know in this time of Covid.

  2. If every one said that their one vote would not matter, then there is no point in having a vote!! Keep well Diane

    1. I know that each vote counts. We lived in a very small town in Nebraska. My grandfather had been working in the fields all day and was late getting to town to vote. He was the last person in the door of the polling place. He was the last person to vote. The person he voted for won the election won by a single vote... Grandpa's.

  3. Most of all, vote. Let nothing deter you.

  4. this was great post dear Emma

    i agree that we all must know that our opinion counts when it comes to elect such particular person who will have to lead our country

    like your's my parents always had good discussions over politics ,politicians and corruption along with similar topics ,i hardly saw them gossiping about other people but talking about politics and yes sports too
    i hate politics i admit and i think i hardly vote two times (don't say it ) but after reading i am feeling bit embarrassed

    1. Open discussions among family members should always be welcomed. I worked with a wonderful woman with whom I had many active discussions. Our views on most things were different,,, politics, religion were the main ones. But our discussions were always a simple sharing of thoughts. I learned much from her.