The hearts, souls, ears, constitution and minds of many must be tired this election season.
The campaigns and rhetoric have been many things, including:
- …and so much more, often depending on which side of the aisle one sits, if not directly on the uncomfortable spires of the fence in the middle
James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States of America, (1791-1868), is quoted as saying:
“I like the noise of democracy.”
This was, obviously, a man made for the office, passionate for the “noise” that comes along with the duties of fighting for one’s position to lead the people, and prepared for the sounds from those people in return.
Even though one is made for this, thrives on it and finds it his/her duty and passion to lead in this beautiful democracy of ours, I can only imagine that it must be a tiring proposition to find a way to stand out, to sell oneself in a unique manner, and to keep up the facade of being energetic, unstoppable and unflappable.
As citizens, we have the right to vote. It is an honor and a privilege to have a voice that, collectively, helps decide the direction our nation, and its people, will travel for generations to come.
With that right comes an obligation, or a duty. If we are to embrace this process, and to have an impact, then we owe it to ourselves, and to our fellow citizens, to go in to the process with our eyes open and our minds informed.
If we are going to vote having done no research about our options, and listened and observed for no more than two minutes prior to entering the voting booth, then we are insulting the process, and doing our country a great disservice.
As Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd President of the United States, (1882 – 1945), said:
“Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.”
Is this any different than races outside of politics? I think not.
If our expectation is that our clients make informed decisions about their choices, and use the various forms of knowledge, observation and rhetoric that we make available to them today, why, then, should our process of discovery be any less informed?
It is our duty to be informed, and to take advantage of one of the most precious freedoms we have been given.
It is inevitable that, as with any contest, whether election, client presentation or otherwise, some will win and some will not. As President Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States, (1874-1964), said:
“You will expect me to discuss the late election. Well, as nearly as I can learn, we did not have enough votes on our side.”
Although obvious, and a bit in jest, this is the truth that we live.
Some will win, and some will lose. What remains important is that we have run a good race, full of honor and integrity, and one that allows us to sleep at night without questioning our morals.
So, yes, let us find a way to appreciate the noise of democracy, and to make the most productive use of it by accepting that gift which has been bestowed upon us by generations of noble and honest men and women, and that is to vote, to express our choices, and to safeguard our democracy in the process.
The photo of our our beautiful American flag is courtesy of the talented photographer, Tony Lafferty. Thanks Tony…I enjoyed our brief conversation today!