My Vote

I am one of those that vote for ideas and for hope. I vote for decency and the idealistic American values we like to think are our heritage and our future. I vote for a future that is hopeful and not fearful.

I do not vote for party. I think voting for a party takes my brain out of the equation. For four years now, America has been waiting for their “better angels” to lead us into the future. It has been a hard wait, not made any easier to bear by the abandonment of American values and sense of decency by the current president.

I look to Abraham Lincoln’s First Inaugural Address in 1861 for my anchor. Lincoln said in this First Inaugural Address:

“We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when touched again, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.”

I voted with “our better angels” and for our future as a nation with a meaningful role and place to fill among the nations of the world.

Published by Ed Pirie

I am a native Vermonter. I am a child of the 50s, 1951 to be exact. For much of my youth Vermont had one foot in the 19th century and one in the 20th century. The old ways coexisted with a world that was changing. We were sort of insulated in Vermont from much that was happening outside our state, but our little protective bubble was shrinking. My understanding of today has been greatly influenced by the past as the past was always part of our present in the Vermont of the 1950s and even the 60s. I am not much of a follower and like to do my own thinking. You will find my thoughts on many topics here. I value my family and a quiet existence in a very rural part of Vermont. I try to write clearly and simply. I hope you enjoy and thank you for visiting my site. Take care.

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