We are in the final hours to election day 2012. President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney are storming through a final exhaustive campaign push Monday with many visits to my state of Ohio. I’ve been following both parties official sites on Twitter, Facebook and Google + to see what both camps are sharing. I find it interesting to follow the stats and read the social media blogs to see how the election used social media. It is a close race if you read the polls however in my swing state I’m seeing not as many Obama signs as I did in 2008 and in the past 2 months I’ve only received 4 pamphlets via USPS in favor of the Democratic Party. I see a strong outreach from the Twitter accounts @barackobama and @michelleObama sending DM’s (Direct Messages on Twitter) with information on where to vote directing traffic to their official websites. My mailbox at home is filled with at least six postcards every other day from the GOP. Today I’ve received 5 calls as of NOON promoting the Republic party. It will be interesting to see the results tomorrow evening and to anxiously wait to see who will be President during these crucial times in our great country.
I’m not going to push my political opinion on my social network but would rather share positive thoughts on how great our country is. Maybe it is being raised in the Midwest and treading through the wet leaves on the sidewalks in our little town of Toledo in early November with Dad to go vote as a child. Being able to pull the lever for him in the booth so that the curtain would shut for a few moments so he could push the buttons. The day Dad told me I had to wait next to the booth because voting was private and I was finally old enough I could read buttons he was pushing in that machine located in the moth ball smelling room filled with older people. I still remember the first year I was old enough to vote … so proud and feeling like I did my job as an American.
Let us remember all those who have died for us so we could have rights like voting when we wake on Tuesday morning. There are so many serving our country around the world who are not able to take advantage of that free cup of coffee McDonalds, Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts is offering if you wear your ‘I Voted’ Sticker into their restaurant. When you go and push those buttons to cast your vote … be educated and understand that your VOICE IS LOUD and your vote counts just as much as any United States Citizen.
My favorite course in ‘America, The Beautiful’ byKatherine Lee Bates 1913
O beautiful for heroes proved In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life!
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry gain divine!
I hope you remember those words when you head out to the polling station tomorrow morning to cast your vote!