Today is voting day here in California, and I just wanted to remind folks on both sides of the aisle of the amazing privilege that we have of living in a country where we get to choose our own leaders.
I love voting in person. Voting by mail seems so sterile to me. I enjoy the give-and-take with the volunteers who staff the polling place. That volunteering is an action that represents the best of America, and I always thank them for their contribution.
Yes, I know that there are problems with voting. And yes, I know that money plays a part … although I also know that Hillary outspent Trump by $565 million to $322 million, proving that money isn’t everything. And yes, I do wish that we’d require ID for voting …
But at the end of the day, although as some have pointed out, democracy is a terrible system with lots of flaws … it’s still light-years ahead of whoever is in second place.
So I implore everyone who has not yet done so, to get up off of their dead seat … cushion … and get out and vote.
My final request is that we all do our utmost follow the advice of a very wise man who lived in a much more troubled and parlous time than today, who said:
“Let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us.”
My best to each and every one of you on this awesome late-spring day,