VOTE!

November 2, 2010 is a critical day. I've never hid my left of center views, but what follows is not a personal diatribe. Well, bear with me nonetheless.

On November 4, 2008, so many of us were motivated to vote in the US Presidential Election. Young people took to the polls in record numbers. College campuses were filled with excited students wearing "Yes We Can" t-shirts.

I voted for President Barack Obama. Am I discouraged from time to time by the unemployment rate, and lack of progress on such issues like repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell?" Absolutely! One of the many great things about our country is our freedom to question and even challenge our leaders.

Midterm elections are crucial for many reasons, and a number of Americans are so disgusted with the state of our nation they do not plan to vote.

Human Rights issues, economic recovery, investments in eduction and clean energy, health care: all of these issues are on the table on the second of November.

Harvey Spencer Lewis wrote, "I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day." The quote, taken out of context, is applicable to our current political climate and our need to vote on November 2, 2010 establishing the next chapter in American government.

Yes, we still can.

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