As I sit here listening to the Country Music Awards speeches with all of the thank you’s to God and country laced between the myriad of ugly campaign ads, it occurs to me that I too have much to be thankful for as well.
No matter which side of the political isle you are on, this election cycle has not been pleasant for most of us. We are less than a week from the general election and all most people can say about it is, “I will be glad when all the ads are over and I can go back to watching television.” Until this evening I was, sometimes, one of them. I realized, while switching between the CMAs and the 7th game of the World Series, that even though the ads have been airing far too long and have been far too ugly, we should be thankful that in America it is our right not only to have them, but to turn them off.
We continue to hear a lot about voter fraud, while what we should be talking about is voter apathy. In other countries around the world they are not lucky enough to have open, free elections. In some countries they walk for days to get to a voting location, while we complain when ours changes by a matter of blocks.
I am thankful to live in a country that prides itself on its freedoms. I am thankful for the good and the bad in this election cycle, if for no other reason than we will forever be able to say “I remember when the first woman won a major political party’s nomination for President of the United States.” I am thankful to live in a country where men and women fight side by side to protect my right to go to the polls and vote in an open and free election.
The Marine Corp birthday and Veteran’s day are November 10 and 11 respectfully. In honor of Veterans Day put a green light in one of your lights in a window at home during the month of November as a way of saying thank you for being willing to make the greatest sacrifice of all in the fight for freedom.
Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for family and friends. I am blessed to have amazing friends and family who support and uplift me every day.
Don’t forget, if you don’t vote early, the polls are open on Tuesday, November 8 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
BPW/St. Petersburg-Pinellas President