This election cycle in the United States has often focused on what people are voting against but I want to focus this last post before the election on what I am voting for.
I am voting for:
- candidates who want government to work to uphold the common good and to “promote the general welfare” as our Constitution states
- candidates who have experience working together with others to accomplish goals
- candidates who understand science, law, and history and who articulate their policy positions clearly
- the most progressive candidates who have a chance of being elected, which in my state means voting on the Working Families party line
- ground-breaking women candidates, including Hillary Clinton for president and Kim Myers for Congress
- candidates who accept the climate science concensus and who will take action to protect the environment
- candidates who are at least as smart as I am
My state does not have early voting or voting by mail except in very limited circumstances, so I will be going to the neighborhood volunteer fire station to vote on Tuesday. I am very confident in the integrity of our voting process, with experienced poll workers from our town ensuring that only eligible voters cast ballots, in our case, paper ballots read by optical scanners.
I hope that all registered voters will vote in this election and accept the results. Most importantly, I hope that all people will come together in support of a government that works to pass and implement laws and budgets that respect and support human dignity and community.
Our Constitution begins with “We the people.” As a democracy, we are pledged to each other and called to cooperate with each other, regardless of our individual differences, “to form a more perfect union.” Hyperindividualism, greed, prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry are destructive to our country.
The United States has a lot of healing to do. We had best start now.
[I am writing this at an (obnoxiously) early hour on Monday before launching into what is likely to be an intensely busy next few weeks with a lot of important transitions and events happening simultaneously. I considered disabling comments because I am not sure of being able to respond in a timely way. I decided to allow comments, but reserve the right to close or delete comments if they get out of hand.]