It’s Primary Day here in California! Vote, because you CAN make a difference. Vote for what is best for YOU and what you stand for.
Do not be swayed by useless rhetoric. There seems to be a lot of that going around. Do not vote because some party tells you to. Do not vote because of what others are doing.
Consider what truly matters to YOU. Look for candidates who support who and what you believe in.
And look beyond the words. There are a lot of smooth talkers, some career politicians, some capitalizing on the fact that many are fed up with career politicians. Just see what they are really doing. With the internet that’s pretty easy. I certainly had an interesting time with Google looking up all the state and local candidates last night.
But no matter what…never ever lose faith in the importance of your part in the political process. It may not be perfect, but it is what we have and it is most certainly better than what much of the world has. Many fought and died so you can vote today. Many struggle in other lands, just to be able to go to the polls and make their choice.
Do not take Freedom for granted. Do not let the rights won for you go to waste.
VOTE FOR WHAT MATTERS TO YOU!
Why Jar Jar?
So why am I using the image of Jar Jar Binks? Well, any Star Wars fan will point out that it was Jar Jar’s speech to the Imperial Senate that convinced people who were supposed to be the best and brightest in the galaxy to hand over absolute rule to Chancellor Palpatine. In short, appealing rhetoric led to an upheaval of political stability that led rise to an evil Empire and hurled thousands of worlds and billions of lives into darkness.
Am I addressing this towards anyone in particular? Maybe. Maybe not. Perhaps it is best I borrow from another science fiction franchise and say, “All this has happened before. And will happen again.”
Do not let history repeat itself.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in His bosom that transfigures you and me.
As He died to make men holy, let us live to make men free,
While God is marching on.
The Battle Hymn of the Republic,
US Civil War Song
Many of us grew up singing Julia Ward Howe’s Battle Hymn of the Republic in school and we certainly sing this in church on patriotic holidays, like July 4th and Memorial Day.
This final verse has always inspired me. I personally feel that it has more meaning now, with our country so ideologically divided, perhaps more so than at any time since the Civil War.
Let us learn to put aside our political and religious differences. Let us recognize and put an end to our bigotry…racial, religious, and otherwise.
WE are America and our diversity is what has made us great, and strong, and free!
God so loved the world that he sent us this only Son. May we Americans build on that sacrifice to bring freedom to all men, women, and children!
This gemstone painting was one of three just completed by my friend, Jim Kuehne of JimsGems.org – please check out his work. It’s truly inspired!
I picked this particular work for this post because the shape of the stone struck me as having a deeper meaning. With it’s resemblance to an arrowhead, it symbolized the fight for freedom and American unity that the Battle Hymn represents. More importantly, it also can be interpreted as a forward button, as in we as a nation and a people must move forward from division to unity.
Six years ago today, my nephew, Sgt. Ian T.D. Gelig, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. With all the irreverent rhetoric and hateful division in our country today, I feel we must all remember the individual FREEDOMS and RIGHTS that brave soldiers like Ian fought and died for. MAY THEIR DEATHS NOT BE IN VAIN!
We have different backgrounds, we subscribe to different beliefs, but WE ARE ONE PEOPLE! WE MUST STAND UNITED! OUR DIVERSITY HAS MADE US THE GREATEST NATION ON EARTH! DIVERSITY IS AMERIC’S STRENGTH!
When our Founding Fathers spoke of LIBERTY AND JUSTICE…they did specifically say FOR ALL! NEVER FORGET!
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
MISS YOU, IAN!