So, you all know what tomorrow is, right? It's Election Day. The day we exercise our 15th Amendment Right to Vote.
"Unless they've been asleep for the last year and a half, I'm pretty sure everybody knows."-Editor/Mom
Yeah, but does everybody know that we're not only electing all kinds of local officials, a new Governor and US Senator, but this is the year we choose a new President? Of the whole United States? This is huge.
"Yes it is, and it's pretty much all we've been hearing about."-Editor/Mom
Well, some of you might be tired of it, but this is my first time voting, and I'm very excited. Voting is not only our legal right as citizens, but our moral obligation to ensure our leaders are the choice of the people. We are privileged to live in a country where we have a choice. Did you know that some places don't have any say about who their Presidents are?
"You 'have' been studying, haven't you? I didn't realize you were this politically motivated, David. I'm glad that you're interested and concerned, but I fear the whole electoral process may be a bit over your head."-Editor/Mom
I'm not sure about all that, but I know there's a lot at stake. I've been watching the debates on tv with my Mom and Auntie Jen, listening to the news on the radio and reading all of the Candidates reports that come in the mail. I want to make the right choices, especially picking the best one for our 45th President, but it's all very confusing.
Every time I hear one of them talk or read what they have to say, they sound so convincing. Then I hear from another one, and they sound credible too, even though they're saying completely different stuff. Then the humans all start arguing about who's telling the truth and who's lying, and they all have different opinions, too. I don't know who to believe. And what's with the elephants and donkeys?
"Yes, politicians have a way of spinning things. It can be difficult knowing who to trust. Looks like you've done the research, sometimes you just have to go with your gut. And about the elephants and donkeys... In the 1828 Presidential campaign, Andrew Jackson's opponents called him a "jack-ass", which he found amusing and decided to use donkey images on his campaign posters. It was later adopted as the symbol for the entire Democratic Party. In 1860 the elephant was shown in political cartoons for the Republican Party. "Seeing the elephant" was a phrase used by soldiers who had experienced combat. It was again used by reknown political cartoonist Thomas Nast in 1874's Harper's Weekly, and subsequent elections until it was basically adopted as their symbol in 1880."-Editor/Mom
Hmmmm, okay that's interesting, but it doesn't really help me. I think this would be easier if I could meet them in person. You can tell a lot about someone with a handshake and a few good sniffs.
"That would be nice, and they do try to meet a lot of Americans, but there are just too many places and people for them to be able to touch everyone. Like I said, trust your gut feeling, and choose who you think will best represent your ideals."-Editor/Mom
Good advice. I think I've heard enough from the Candidates. I'm gonna stop listening to everyone else, cause even your best friends can have different opinions, and you have to use your own best judgement. I'm ready to go to the polls tomorrow to cast my vote, and I hope that everybody out there goes too, because every vote counts. Maybe someday I'll even run for office, and you all will be able to vote for me. I might even start my own Party. The cow will be our symbol. Which one of these pictures do you think I should use for my campaign poster? The one that shows my serious side, or my happy-go-lucky persona?
"Well David, I admire your ambition, but I have some bad news for you, that I think you ought to be aware of before you put a whole lot of time into this endeavor. You are a dog. And I'm sorry, but first of all, you are not allowed to vote. And secondly, you're not allowed to run for office."-Editor/Mom
What?!? Are you serious? I'm an upstanding member of my community. I have a job and a family. This is very disappointing, not to mention very unfair. That's it, I'm going with the serious photo for my posters to bring this injustice to light. I'm going to start the "Canine Suffrage Movement". It worked for the other long-suffering members of different races and sexes that weren't allowed to vote. It's time for another change.