Vote with Your Conscience

“A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Tomorrow is election day. Tomorrow we will come together as one nation and elect the 45th President of the United States of America. Many of us have other “big” elections taking place on Tuesday as well. We are electing a new Governor here in Missouri… and to be honest, I’m not exactly sure where I stand on either candidate. I realize that an argument can be made for the actual value of our individual votes. We often wonder if our vote counts? If our voice is heard? I can assure you the quickest way for your voice to NOT be heard… and that’s to sit at home on Election Day.

I’m not going to get on my soapbox and rattle off all of the reasons I think you should vote for one candidate over another. We have been inundated, for what feels like an eternity, with the smear campaigns! (Honestly for that reason I will just be glad that the election will be over!) We have had over a year to form our own opinions on the character and qualifications of the two major candidates. But, just to be clear… if you are sitting there thinking that if those are your only two options why bother to vote between the lesser of two evils? I’d like to remind you that there are FIVE candidates for President this year.

I would encourage you to familiarize yourself with each of the parties on the ticket. I would encourage you to vote with your conscience. I cannot consciously vote for the lesser of two evils. I cannot consciously vote for a candidate who’s political and moral values are not in line with what I believe to be true and morally correct. I realize that there is a chance that my candidate will not win, but I refuse to be a sheep following the herd.

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