The Most Important Week

The calm before the storm, literally.

Today marks 1 week until one of the most important election nights in my short 24 years of life. To say I am nervous would be an understatement. To say I am excited would also be an understatement.

What a privilege we have in this great Country. We have so many freedoms as Americans, and we have say and control over how our government works? Amazing.

So, why do some still take it for granted? Why do some still make excuses for why they can’t make it to their polling place to cast their ballot? Why do some still stay home?

What if everyone actually voted?

These are the thoughts that are racing through my head on this Tuesday morning as I realize how close we are to Nov. 6th and to potentially one of the most important American elections, ever. Time sure does fly.

Have I done enough? Did I make enough people aware of what is at stake? Did I properly advocate for the candidates I support on the ballot? Did I do enough in my community to support my local candidates?

Let me tell you why I have so many questions rolling through my head.

Party Politics. That’s where the questions and concerns stem from. This is also why I list this week as the most important week in my life. Control and power of the United States House and Senate is more important now than it ever has been. When no one reaches across the aisle to work together and issues get settled and approved on a party line, you better believe power is important.

I really am starting to sound like a broken record.

Keeping all of that in mind, I have one more comment before it’s time to vote. I don’t want federal politics and the media to take away from the importance of this election. There are other reasons why going to cast your ballot is important. Local elections.

While local elections aren’t the mainstream elections that are broadcast all over your evening news, they are just as important. When a law is passed in Washington, it is your local congressman or congresswoman who must react and speak on behalf of you in your state House and Senate to figure out how to handle the new law that was passed. State governments do still have power!

Every vote counts, every vote matters, every election matters.

So, enough rambling. What is there left to do? With a week left, I don’t think you’re going to do much convincing anymore. It’s time to gather your family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, barbers, and dog sitters together and it’s time to vote.

And, on election night, no matter what happens, can we all just love each other?


Blake TarmannComment