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Monday, November 5, 2012

Thankful November : Day 5

I am thankful to live in a country where I am free to vote in a democratic process. It took me about three hours last night to complete my ballot after having researched all the candidates and issues, but I feel good about the choices I made. I remember one time talking to a friend in Ethiopia about how they "vote" in elections. He laughed so hard he almost cried, and said "Democracy?! KELLY, this is AFRICA!" He meant it, too. I believe the candidate that election in Ethiopia won with over 99% of the votes.

Although I'm thankful to have the opportunity for my voice to be heard, I'd also be lying if I didn't also mention that I'm pretty excited for the election to be over, so the political ads and arguments can be finished for another four years.
"I met those of our society who had votes in the ensuing election, and advised them:
1. to vote, without fee or reward, for the person they judged most worthy;
2. to speak no evil of the person they voted against; and
3. to take care their spirits were not sharpened against those that voted on the other side."
John Wesley, October 6, 1774

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