Tomorrow is Election Day and your vote counts more than ever before. There is no question that our country has been plagued with deep divisions, heated rhetoric and, most frightening of all, violence.
But boomers have lived through a number of difficult times. Our childhood was forever changed by the events of Nov. 22, 1963 and our formative years were further marked by the assassinations of 1968. The Vietnam War tore the very fabric of our country to shreds. Yet, somehow we came out the other side—wounded but not destroyed.
The same can be said of today. However, each and every one of us needs to be certain to vote. And, as you cast your ballot, please consider:
Your Grandchildren: Vote to give them a planet that is still viable. Please don’t ignore the dire prediction recently given by the United Nations: according to the world’s leading climate scientists, we have about 12-years to turn things around. Otherwise, it may be too late to restore our planet to the life sustaining home (actually the only home) we know. The Environmental Protection Agency, and organizations like it, are our main safeguard that keeps us from falling over this very real precipice. They act as both our watchdogs and our hope for the future. Please vote for candidates who are committed to keeping such agencies strong and our planet safe.
Your Conscience: Do you really want to live in a country that rips young children away from their parents and literally warehouses them in cages? Each and every boomer remembers the indelible words from our early TV days: “Truth, Justice and the American Way.” I can’t imagine Clark Kent, the Cleaver family, Donna Reed or any of the rest of them condoning such horrendous acts of inhumanity perpetrated in our name. Yes, there are real issues to be considered as far as immigration. But there are far better ways to address the situation than what is currently being done. Vote for candidates who respect human rights as well as our borders.
Your Voice: Unless you cast your ballot in this most crucial election, you have lost your all-important voice. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers battled long and hard for this precious right. Many of them suffered greatly so that we might have the privilege to make our own voices heard. If, for no other reason than to honor your foremothers, respect their sacrifices and cast your ballot.
We are blessed to live in this land of so much promise and plenty. Let us remember the blessings our generation has enjoyed and make certain that future generations in our country can also proudly utter the words: “Truth, Justice and the American Way!” Vote to not only make America great, but to make us truly proud to be Americans!