We are so incredibly lucky to live in this great country. It took many experiences of living abroad and visiting foreign countries (think Russia, for one) to allow me to truly, truly value what we have here. But I will never take it for granted again.
So, exercise one of your many freedoms tomorrow. Leave work early, fore-go lunch, get up at dawn - whatever you have to do, do it. Make it to those polls.
I like to think of my vote as a thank you to the country I call home most of the time. Thank you, America!
And I'll be bringing my daughter with me, so she can witness democracy in action. We'll say thank you together.
So, vote. Please vote. Go vote. Stand up and be counted. Why? Because you count.
"So long as the people do not care to exercise their freedom, those who wish to tyrannize will do so; for tyrants are active and ardent, and will devote themselves in the name of any number of gods, religious and otherwise, to put shackles upon sleeping men." ~Voltaire