Driving to work this morning, talk radio stations were full of the continuing discussion and debate over the elections. Hosts grilled pollsters, questioned campaign strategists and analysts. Guests expressed their exuberance or dismay over the results. Prognosticators made predictions ranging from whimsy to woe.
As I listened, I noticed one topic that was missing from today’s discussion table:
Without the fundamental right we have as a Democracy to vote, there would be no election to discuss — and without the service and sacrifice of others in defense of our nation, there would be no Democracy to afford us that precious right to vote.
While I understand that this election is as controversial as it is historic and merits a deep conversation about the state of our nation and its divided, evolving identity as a Democratic society, let’s take today to put that discussion on hold — and remember those who have protected our right to have this conversation in the first place.
Generations of Americans have given their time and their very lives so that we could cast a vote and exercise our right, as Americans, to disagree openly with each other under the Constitution. Just for today, let’s put our differences aside and agree that our veterans — of all eras, branches of service, at home and abroad — deserve our attention, respect and appreciation.
Thanks to them, there will be plenty of time to disagree tomorrow…
Ned Hickson is a nationally syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation and the editor of Siuslaw News. He is also the author of Humor at the Speed of Life, a collection of more than a decade of humor columns; and Pearls of Writing Wisdom: From 16 shucking years as a columnist, a writer’s survival guide. Both are available from Port Hole Publishing.