After a very long, angry and bitter campaign; it is now up to us citizens. Now, my wife, Peg, and I voted last Friday, at Beverly City Hall; the last day for early voting in Massachusetts. The first floor was set up for voting, using old fashioned voting booths. We checked off our preferences with a pencil; sealed our ballots in envelopes; and deposited them in a ballot box. Even though we had to wait on line; everyone was friendly, and helpful to each other.
What will happen today; what kind of country we will have at dawn, remains a mystery. After I saw a report on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” I am still worried. They hired a pollster, (worked for Republican campaigns), to form a focus group. He brought together a diverse group of individuals; who promptly went after each other’s throats. No civil discussion, just anger came out against each other. Even the pollster expressed fear over what he was seeing, and what it meant for the country.
The preamble of our Constitution begins with: “We, the People..”. We cannot lose sight of the fact, that each of us, in small ways and large, contribute to the ongoing experiment in democracy, that is the United States. We may chose to build it up, tear it down, or let it whither on the vine. This is the “choice,” we face; not just tonight, but in all days to come.