Lu Parker | YOU HAVE THE POWER- USE IT
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Lu Parker article about the power of voting

YOU HAVE THE POWER- USE IT

In less than 3 weeks, we will elect the next President of the United States. This topic has been the pink elephant in the room in almost every social and work situation I find myself apart of these last few months. From the range of opinions, to the depth of passion for chosen candidates, it is all very big and loud. In fact, it has been deafening at times. Many people are spewing hate, while others profess truths, sometimes not even knowing of what they speak. And even though it can be frustrating for all of us, it is part of what makes our country great. We are able to say what we feel, and vote for who we believe will lead us best for the next 4 years.

On another, yet similar note, it has been less than a week since I had the privilege of seeing the musical Hamilton on Broadway. The experience was magical and has shifted something inside of me. I find myself wanting to do more to benefit others. It also spurred in me the urge to continue to be a voice for peace.

Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, had a burning desire to make change. He fought to help create what is now our country. Hamilton also wrote ferociously throughout his life. His words, “those who stand for nothing fall for anything,” are just as true today as we embark on a new era in American politics.

With the election just days away, it is imperative that we stand up for what we believe in, and even more importantly that we vote on election day. I have seen my friends, even super intelligent friends, post on social media they will not be voting this election. How is that possible? They say they are fed up with it all. Guess what? We are all fed up with the nonsense and fighting, but that does not mean we go silent.

What if during the Revolution someone did not agree with another person’s opinion, or got frustrated by what was said during the long days and months of our founding fathers getting each word right? Do you think they just threw up their hands and said, I’m done? I don’t care? No! They kept fighting the fight. History shows us people lost their lives creating a vision and fighting for what would become our constitution and our beloved country. Now some two hundred plus years later, we are at a time in history when we have a voice in yet another struggle. If you are like me, you were not taught to sit back and be a follower. You were taught to voice your opinions and speak your truths.

I know that on November 8th, I will cast my vote, and I will be proud to say I did so. I will vote not only as a woman, a journalist, an animal advocate, a gay rights supporter and a lover of life, but also as an American citizen. Thank you Alexander Hamilton for paving the way, and thank you Lin Manuel Miranda for reminding me that our words are our power.

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