It’s Election Day: Go Vote!

I was going to write about a 1961 stocking stuffer, a 1964 LP and a certain form of magazine advertising today – and yes, they all link together – but I realized it’s Election Day.

I shifted gears and tried to write about the sorry state of our election process, and find I can’t do that without being either so milquetoastish that I say nothing significant or so angry that I offend a good portion of the readers I think I have.

So I’m just going to say to those of my readers here in the United States: Go vote. It matters.

Now, you and I might not support the same candidates, and we might have markedly different ideas about how best this nation can make its way through the difficulties it now faces. But I have to believe that whoever we vote for, our votes are cast in good faith. If your vote and mine cancel each other, that’s fine. That’s part of the bargain of democracy.

I have my hopes for today’s vote, and you, my readers, have yours. Whatever those hopes are, go express them at the ballot box sometime today.

And here’s a medley that might remind you – if you need it – where we came from, how far we’ve come, and how far we’ve yet to go.

The 5th Dimension:
“Medley: The Declaration [of Independence]/A Change Is Gonna Come/People Gotta Be Free”

From Portrait [1970]


One Response to “It’s Election Day: Go Vote!”

  1. Paco Malo says:

    My compliments on your restraint in keeping partisan politics out of “Echoes in the Wind”. It’s the same policy I have for my blog “Gold Coast Bluenote” — no politics. The turmoil of yesterday’s election is just what the founders of this nation anticipated and they designed a system that will handle it. We just gotta keep on keepin’ on.

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