How many times lately have you heard political pundits and others say something like, this is the most important presidential election of our lifetimes?
I suppose we hear something similar every election cycle and yet…
Is this one different?
I would say, yes.
What about you?
I don’t pretend to be a historian, so I’m not sure if it’s a true assessment to refer to the 2020 election as the most consequential, but I do know this one feels pretty darn important.
Election day is nearly here. Heck, technically, election day has already happened for millions of Americans who’ve already voted. I filled out my absentee ballot early and eagerly slid it through the slot in the door at my polling place. And yes, I listened for the sound of it dropping into the collection bin.
Relief. That’s what I felt when I heard it drop. And satisfaction. Among other things.
I had never been so excited to vote in all the years that I’ve been voting. And at this point, that’s a fair number of years.
I know, I know. Some of you hate it when I write anything political. Whenever I do, I get reprimanded, scolded, unfollowed, unfriended, told to stay in my lane, and called a disappointment.
Well, so be it.
I’m just one of many bloggers and advocates out there. However, this is my platform, and I feel compelled to use it regarding this election too. (It’s called Nancy’s Point for a reason.)
If you choose to abandon this particular “ship”, that is certainly your prerogative. But I hope you’ll stick around.
I admit, I hesitated to write and then publish this post. For me, the final straw to write it might have been these words: Don’t let it (the pandemic) dominate you.
Those words made me angry. Okay, angrier. (And aren’t you tired of being angry so often these days?)
My day-to-day life hasn’t been as significantly altered by the pandemic as it has been for so many because I work from home and yes, I live a somewhat privileged life. Nonetheless, my life has been impacted quite a bit. But this post isn’t about all that.
Sure, my life has been impacted, but knowing that so many fellow Americans have seen their dear ones get sick and even die from COVID19, how can I not consider how hearing those words (and countless other dismissive, disparaging words) made/makes them feel?
Yes, their lives have been and will continue to be dominated by this pandemic.
How can we not care about them?
So many fellow citizens have lost livelihoods – some for the short term but many permanently.
Pretty sure when your livelihood is lost or severely threatened, your life is dominated by that stark reality.
How can we not care about that?
When you think about it, what part of life isn’t political?
Cancer sure as heck is. So actually, I’m not changing lanes at all.
I know you’ve heard stuff like the following many times:
- Healthcare is on the ballot.
- Therefore, yes, cancer is on the ballot. As are ALL pre-existing conditions.
- Social injustice (all kinds) is on the ballot.
- A woman’s right to choose is on the ballot.
- LGBTQ rights are on the ballot.
- Decency is on the ballot.
- Integrity is on the ballot.
- Character is on the ballot.
- Education is on the ballot.
- Climate change is on the ballot.
- National security is on the ballot.
- The reputation of the US is on the ballot.
- Science is on the ballot.
- Our future is on the ballot.
I could go on and on, but there’s no need, right?
So if you’re angry, vote. If you’re frustrated, vote. If you’re grieving, vote. If you’re feeling despair, vote. If you’re afraid to turn on the news, vote. If you’re just afraid, vote. If you’re overwhelmed, vote. If you’re tired of the chaos, vote. If you’re just tired, vote.
If you’ve already voted, good for you. And thank you. Perhaps encourage someone who hasn’t to do the same. As cliché as it sounds, your voice matters. Your vote matters. More than ever.
You may or may not think this is the most consequential election of our lifetimes.
I think it is.
Perhaps more than anything else, the pandemic is on the ballot on Tuesday. On November 4th and for quite some time thereafter, we’ll still be dealing with it.
Who do you really think is better equipped to help us get through it?
At this point, the answer seems pretty clear.
That’s why I chose to #VoteBlue up and down the ticket.
What about you?
Do you think this is the most important election in our lifetimes?
If you do not live in the US, has your impression of the US been altered during the last four years?
If applicable, have you voted yet (or do you plan to) and what issues matter most to you?
Do you only read, follow and friend those who agree with you politically?
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