wanted to write and let you know about something I just did, something
that was really important. I voted. Yes, I voted once again. I've been
making a habit of doing that since 1960. Every two years beginning that
year I've marched myself off to the polling place and cast my vote for
the candidates I thought would best serve the interests of our country.
The last seven times I voted I also cast a ballot for the candidate that
I thought would best secure your future. Yesterday was significant.
It's significant because the next time there's an election for the
President of the United States, you, too, can vote to secure your
That's why I'm writing. I've never asked much of you over the years of your young life. In fact, your mother says all I do is give things to you and your sisters. It's time for you to give me a little payback. You can do that by taking out your smart phone right now. Click on your calendar. Go to August, 4, 2015. Make a notation on that day that reads: Register to Vote! On that day you will be old enough to register to vote in the next presidential election. And vote in that election you should do.
Voting is important, Ansley. By exercising your right to vote you can have an influence on the path of this nation in our relationship with other nations, in the manner this country provides for the unfortunate as well as the fortunate. By exercising your right to vote you determine who represents your interest in the halls of Congress, at the state capitol, and in the county commission meetings. By exercising your right to vote you have something to say about the war making powers of the country, the speed limit on the roads, whether or not the pot holes on those roads get patched. By exercising your right to vote you determine the quality of education your children, my grandchildren, receive. In short, sweetheart, by exercising your right to vote you will be making your mark upon the future your children will possess.
So, you will be doing me a great favor if you will mark your calendar now to register to vote in 2015. Getting you to promise to vote is the best thing I can ever give your children.
I do have to warn you, however, that voting can sometimes be frustrating. Sometimes the person you vote for does not get elected. Sometimes the other candidate gets elected. Don't let that discourage you. Even if the other candidate gets elected, that candidate will know you're watching every move and you'll be back at the polls the next time around. In that way voting is a brake on the excesses of that other candidate.
And, should your candidate win, do not gloat. For the winner is also the representative of those other voters. That's the beauty of our system. Once the candidate is elected that candidate becomes the representative of us all.
As I write this, I don't know whether my presidential candidate won or lost. I won't know that for a few more hours. But I do know: Whomever is elected will be my President as well as the President of the others. And giving allegiance to the one elected is the American way – one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.