Duty to Country

by Stefani on 2-November-2010

“I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.”
– Abraham Lincoln

This morning the boys and I walked down the street to the local elementary school to cast our vote. Well, to cast my vote.

All the chilly way was filled with talk of  “why?”

Why vote?

Why read up on all the candidates, scribble notes and weigh rhetoric against track record?

Why when it sometimes seems like….


Where are the Thomas Jeffersons? The Benjamin Franklins? The Abraham Lincolns?

Are any of the people on this ballot made of what it takes to fix this mess? Will any of them go down in history as the leaders who restored this nation? Will any of them inspire, work towards, fight for a REAL recovery, one that goes beyond economics?

I don’t know.

“My God! How little do my countrymen know what precious blessings they are in possession of, and which no other people on earth enjoy!”

– Thomas Jefferson

But we vote.

Not just because it buys us the right to complain if we don’t like the way things are going.

Not even just because we pay our taxes and so deserve to be heard.

We vote.

Not because we want to stick it to whomever we believe has failed us.

Not because we prefer to invite elephants or perhaps donkeys to our tea parties.

We vote because we have inherited the gift of freedom from those who won it at great cost.

We vote because brave men and women spent interminable days at sea headed toward a new land, risking all that was for all that could be .

We vote because every generation since has poured their own blood, sweat and tears into furthering that great ideal…


Land of the Free.

Home of the Brave.

We vote because that gift, this freedom that we enjoy, is ours to hold for only a little while before we pass it on to our children…. and their children.

We vote because…

“We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.”
John F. Kennedy

Pam K November 2, 2010 at 12:46 pm


Amber November 2, 2010 at 1:01 pm

this is so fantastic! Perfect!

Caseybumpinalong November 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm

Well said, and I love the picture!

Jerry Munson November 2, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Hi Stef… Perfectly stated and eloquently true! You go, girl!

Susie M November 3, 2010 at 1:20 am

Nice job! Thanks for the quotes!

Kelly November 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Perfectly stated! Thank God for this freedom!

Claudia November 4, 2010 at 4:51 am

Well said and spot on.

Kelli November 9, 2010 at 11:20 pm

absolutely beautiful!

Mary Ann Johnson November 17, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I worked the election this year as a technician – making sure the machines work. It was a long 17 hour day. The things that surprised me were how many voted this election compared to the last one, how few people that still is, and how many came to the polls and then looked over the issues to decide who and what to vote for. The question, “Is there anyone on the ballot that can fix this mess” seems to be the wrong question. I was privileged to read the manuscript for an amazing book that will be out the end of November. It addresses the answer to what can fix this mess and it isn’t the politicians. It is you and I and our well taught children. It is worth reading! FreedomShift: Three Choices to Reclaim America’s Destiny by Oliver DeMille.

Em December 20, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Hey Stef! We miss you – and miss hearing about what you guys are up to!!! I hope your holiday season is going well!

Pam June 11, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Just wanted you to know you popped into my thoughts this afternoon. Miss your words and pictures.

Maestra June 21, 2011 at 8:50 am

Missing your inspiration. Thinking of you all and sending a prayer that all is well!

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