No, I am not planning to stay up all tomorrow night to watch the returns. No, I am not not going to vote tomorrow; I have already voted. I am thoroughly tired of the election process that spends billions of dollars of money that is needed elsewhere. But I AM a voter and I do care about the issues that face this nation. I also see it part of my Christian duty to vote and be involved in the discussions that face the commonweal.
To just say I am tired of politics does not quite describe what I feel. When we moved to TX from IL when I was 4 years old, my family found a state that ran with a single party. Everyone was a Democrat. It was hard to find Republican anywhere here. I grew up with my parents complaining that they couldn't vote in most primaries because they were not registered as a Democrat.
What has been lost in the American political scene over the past 20 years is a discussion of the issues that face us is the ability to discuss issues that face the nation. Pundits are complaining that we are so polarized that our political system has come to a halt.
If one reads history the way I do, whenever a nation's political system cannot meet the needs of the nation, the populace will overturn it. It happens every time. Revolution happens because the government cannot respond to the needs of the majority of the people. And I believe that we are headed for a revolution because we cannot talk about politics.
This happened to Israel in the 2nd century BCE. The Pharisees and the Sadducees were so bitter with one another that they had to invite the Romans to come in and keep order for them. It lead to the complete subjugation of Israel and a brutal destruction of the entire nation for almost 2,000 years. We all know the issues that led to the downfall of the Roman Empire. The loss of effective government under the Republic finally devolved to caesars ruling with clenched fists and continued coups to institute new leaders that devolved into tyrants for about 8 centuries. It happened in France in the 1700's; it happened in Germany so regularly that Hitler was able to sneak in without anyone noticing because he promised order.
So tomorrow is a sacred day. It is a day that we as a nation say "It isn't about me; it is about US. It is about the good of the whole. So even if you have not discussed politics this year, or if you have been shouting about politics for the past 18 months--"Get thee to the polls!" I have already been. And let's work with whomever is elected to be about moving this country off the stalemate we have been in for the past 12 years for the good of the whole, for the good of the United States, for the good of the world.