I had with me the library book for book club. I had only just started it and book club meets next week (oops).
I stood in line for two and a half hours. I’ll spare you the details of how cold it was. I had on my Ugg boots and a fleece.
|There is a time for every purpose.|
I won’t mention how everyone wanted to complain but didn’t. We all know how ridiculously lucky we are that we are allowed to vote and that we were safe at the voting place
We also know there are procedures for voting. I thought I’d followed them. I thought I had gotten my new driver’s license and registered to vote at the same time.
On the website where you would change your voter registration it says, “change your driver’s license first” with a link that carries you away from the voter registration.
I never went back.
So election night, after two hours of waiting, and still another 45-minutes away from my chance at one of the four working machines, I was told they couldn’t find my name.
They walked me around, passed me from one official to the next. No one could help me. I’d screwed up. I knew it.
I said, “sir, there are plenty of people waiting here who did everything right. Please don’t waste your time with me. I’ll vote next time.”
There are three reasons I walked out of there without voting (bloggers love lists):
- It was my fault I wasn't registered. No one else.
- There were good people waiting who had a right to assistance and a right to get their voting done and go home.
- The vote I wanted to cast was the one that said “none of the above” (with a nod to Brewster). But I don't think the ballot had that option.
I finished my library book right as I got to the front of the line. So I walked back to my car, returned the book, and drove myself home.
I would have felt bad sitting on the couch reading all afternoon but I didn’t feel bad standing in line and doing it. Even if that line led me nowhere.
Here are the things I learned yesterday (I have to have a lesson, don’t you know):
- We have all been told we deserve better but that’s just not true. We deserve only what we’re willing to work for and sacrifice for. The entitlements the politicians are selling us are not being paid for by our willingness to work. They’re being paid for by mortgaging our children’s future.
- We should all learn how to take responsibility when we screw up and then get out of the way so that the ones who did it right can get what they have earned. Not what they deserve, what they earned.
- None of us is above the law but the law only applies to those of us willing to abide by it.
Some meditations on these and other election truths in the coming weeks, no doubt; once we all get over our First Tuesday in November hangover.
Did you have an epiphany at the polls? Tell me about it by leaving a comment.