I’ve Been Asked Who I’m Voting For so I’m Proud to Say …

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that as an American who has a deep and abiding love of our country, I will be voting for us. For You and Me. For all the Americans in our country who care about who we are, where we are now, where we’re going and how we’re going to get there.

While it’s definitely true We (the people) get many things wrong, we’re human after all, we (the people) also get many things right. So it’s definitely a balancing thing I believe, and surely an ongoing and constant work in progress.

One that we attempt to get the right handle on each day. In today’s era with Social Media platforms and Online News Media we (the people) are inundated with all sorts of information. (Googling not withstanding). Some accurate, some not so much. We also have our own opinions (which ‘we the people‘ have not been shy about sharing).

But that’s not a bad thing because in the United States of America being free is a part of who we are and Freedom of Speech is one of the things our mighty constitution gives us the right to exercise – and oh boy have we been exercising that right.

Freedom is always a work in progress. And some parts of our progress are harder than others. And then there’s the whole change thing going on that constantly interferes with good intentions and perhaps even a status quo that we may or may not be comfortable with depending on our individual mindset.

There’s a responsibility to freedom too. One that means we can not take Freedom for granted. We need to vote and we need to continue to care about each other and the good we can accomplish when we agree to disagree but still come together when it matters.

One of the amazing things I’ve noticed about the wonderful citizens of our country is when there is a disaster or crisis (such as a bad storm or other) and people are in trouble or at risk, Americans come together with helping hands and support. It’s the Great American Way.

During a crisis while victims or those helping may personally have widely differing views on a variety of subjects (such as with our current upcoming political election) these views fade into the background. Why? Because Americans (as a whole) have proven to be greater than the sum of our often disconnected parts. Americans ‘En Masse’ really do have a gigantic heart. One we’ve shown repeatedly, again and again.

I believe in my country, my home, my family, my friends, my fellow Americans and the Constitution of the United States of America. I believe in our right to vote for those we believe will be the best qualified to represent us in Washington D.C.

And for all those reasons I’ll be voting on election day (actually I’ve already personally voted), but now I’m voting for the good in us … all of us … because I do believe in America and cherish strongly our right to be free, more than anything else. Freedom is what is important!

Honestly when all is said and done with political issues, opinions and so on, it really has always been about freedom (getting it right when we know its wrong and then going on to help keep our country strong)!

So Freedom, that’s the thing, the main focus! Yours, mine and ours and that’s why the greatest document in our country begins with the inclusionary words “We The People”, this means all of us, every single one.

Vote on election day!

Thank you,

~ Penny L Howe

The American Coin of Freedom – Two Sides

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I love my Country – The United States of America.

I disagree with more than a few people (In politics and my private life) on various issues. And I think we (all Americans) do have some serious problems to overcome. But we are “free” to do so.

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Regardless of the problems we face today, I still would much rather live here in America (and be free) than just about anywhere else on the planet

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These words I’ve written, that you are reading right now, represent a clear example of my ability to freely write what I think and feel.

To be creative in a free environment whether it be the written word or some other artistic format represents the very best that this country offers to each of its citizens.

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I am proud to be an American even with all my own, my country’s and its citizen’s shortcomings. There is still much good, much love and much caring going on. You have but to see it and become a part of it.

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Being an American is about three things,

Being Free, Being Responsible for that Freedom, and Accepting the Responsibility.

I think everyone of us has the first one down pat. And I think at some level of awareness most of us Americans are aware that there is a responsibility factor in the democratic way of Life (no not the political party).

It’s the third one that’s so troubling. I have never heard so many people – in so many parts of this country – on a multitude of social media – complain about what’s wrong. Pointing fingers, blaming others or talking about what they don’t have!

And many of these problems are true, but there are two sides to the American Coin. One side is Freedom (as in freedom of expression). The other side is Responsibility. This means accepting responsibility ourselves for what needs to happen to improve things that need improving, or change things that need changing. That means all of us who are able to do so in this country.

It is not about they or them, it’s about me and it’s about you. You can start by voting next month. We will stay free as long as we assume the duties as Americans that are our responsibility.

One of them is voting. The survival for our democratic way of life is dependent on us – our actions, or lack of them. It is that simple – A two sided coin, you cannot have one without the other, Always this is true.

VOTE!

If you haven’t registered to vote yet, go online, an easy thing to do my friends from the U.S.A. ~ Please, your/our country needs you! Thank you.

Once again thanks for stopping by, my best to you this day, Penny

Copyright © 2012 by Penny l Howe