Taking time to vote

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been intrigued, annoyed, confused, exhilarated, and/or enraged by politics.

Even as a teen I recall curling up on the bed or chesterfield where I would put my ear close to the radio and listen to any political broadcast that could be reached with our economy-sized Motorola.

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The country in question didn’t have to be Canada, as long as it was election coverage; I didn’t even have to understand the political systems or the specific issues, it just had to be a rip-roaring chase to the finish line.

In trying to understand what made me so interested in the mechanics of democracy I also developed a deep sense of appreciation for the right to vote. I can honestly say I probably can count on my fingers the federal, provincial or local elections in which I have failed to do so.

Sadly, my deep appreciation for freedom is now tainted with disappointment at what I see and hear. I’ve learned that noble purposes are too often contaminated with less than noble ambitions.

In just a couple of weeks we’ll have the privilege and obligation to cast our ballots. This election has been rancorous in so many ways and I admit I’ve been tempted to ignore it. The problem, though, is simple: if I don’t vote, I can’t complain but even more importantly, I won’t have done my part to give thanks for the privilege of living in a democratic country.

To every candidate, cultivate honesty (I mean the real stuff, not just the words), personal integrity, a genuine regard for the dignity of opponents that supersedes idealistic differences and an honest commitment to keep promises. If that’s you, you’ve got my vote.

“[Live] as free people… but [live at all times] as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16

 

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