Regardless of your political beliefs or your feelings about the election results this past week, I think we can all agree that our political process is pretty amazing. We elect a president every four years, and other government leaders every two to four years. And at the end of the day, they all change seats peacefully.
The unfortunate thing is that when we don’t get the results we wanted, it’s easy to get cynical and poo-poo the whole thing. But the truth is that the freedoms we have to:
- listen to debates, and
- share our opinions, and
- campaign for our candidates and, ultimately,
- go to the polls and vote
…are freedoms not available to millions of people around the globe.
Sadly, those of us who have lived in the United States our whole lives seem to take it for granted. It is always noted after every election how many tens of millions of people stayed home and didn’t vote. That is sad. Would that we could hear from people in other countries who are oppressed and don’t have that opportunity to elect their leaders. People who would give anything to fill out a ballot and vote for someone of their choosing. And therein lies the key to this whole thing–the phrase “give anything”. Which could also be substituted with “pay any price”.
Because the reality is that the freedoms we enjoy today were not always so. Back when we were still British colonists, we were subject to the rules and whims of the British Crown. Which means the freedoms we enjoy today were not free. They had to be fought for and bought with the lives of countless men and women who have served in our military forces, starting with the Revolutionary War. And we have had to keep paying the price to maintain them and protect them, not only for us, but for millions of people around the world. The Civil War. World War I. World War II. The Gulf War. And many more battles and skirmishes. The price has been paid over and over again with spilled blood and lives given.
So, regardless of your…
- political views
- religious beliefs
- sexual orientation
- socioeconomic status
- zip code
…Your freedoms have been bought and paid for–many times over!
So thank a veteran today. And every chance you get.
For your advantage,