It’s the Day After. I went to be at 1:30 not knowing our nation’s future. Four hours later, I awake to learn we have a president.
Guess what? I still don’t know our future. But we will all travel it together.
I do know some of my friends are already bemoaning on Facebook : What do I tell my daughter?
Whether it’s the loss of the first female major party presidential candidate or a statement on Mr. Trump’s personal or political choices, the question is the same.
What do I tell my daughter ?
You tell her this: Every vote counts.
We as Americans typically throw away the hard-earned right to vote. There are still women living today who were born before women had the constitutional right to cast a vote. Americans have died protecting our freedoms.
And yet some elections have as little as 10 percent voter turnout.
Tell your daughter: Every vote counts.
Tell her to get out and vote in local elections. Those determine who will get their start in politics, and their experience at the local level is touted when they run for higher office. Besides, you want the best for your local communities.
Tell her to vote in the primaries. They determine whose voice we will hear in the remainder of the campaign…and for years to come… Don’t leave that ccoice to a proud few.
Tell her to register to vote. To educate herself on issues most dear to her. To campaign for others if she feels called. To work the polls. To wait in line. To be a part of this awesome political process our nation takes for granted.
That is what I’m telling my daughter this morning .