A Public Service Announcement for Election Day

English: Ballot Box showing preferential votingIt’s election day and most of us will be preoccupied with voting, posting our thoughts on social media, and then watching as the results come in on television and online this evening. As a result, I know you won’t be paying attention to a lot of marketing mumbo jumbo and blogs, so I won’t keep you here long. But before I let you go, just a few thoughts.

1. Vote – I urge you to vote. Whether you vote for one of the two main party candidates, a third party candidate, or even write in someone, I don’t care. Heck, feel free to write me in. I promise not to do any more damage than our elected officials normally do. But seriously vote. Having said that, I’m not one of those people who says,

“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a reason to complain.”

As far as I’m concerned, not voting is a for of voting, and I fully understand the disenfranchisement of the American voter. But let your voice be heard.

2. Be Civil – I’m tired of the negativity. I’m tired of the invective. Do me a favor and surprise me. Tonight as we are watching the results roll in, and tomorrow morning when we (presumably) have a newly elected president, I fully expect to see a lot of nastiness. The race is incredibly close and I’ve seen a lot of divisiveness. Tomorrow morning, about 50% of us will be happy, while the other 50% will be ready to move to another country. At least that’s what I’m seeing on Facebook.

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Guess what. The sun will rise tomorrow morning. Over the past 200 and whatever years, we’ve survived horrible presidencies and tough times. No matter how horrible you think our new president will be, we will survive.

So as you go online to Facebook and Twitter, please be civil.

Your friend and neighbor whom you’ve liked for years? They voted for the other guy. But you’re still allowed to like them. Their vote didn’t change who they are. How about you two go out for a cup of coffee rather than questioning each other’s intelligence.

And if you write me in this year, and I don’t win, remember…there’s always 2016!

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