Tuesday, October 30, 2012

General Marshall's Mantra

Today is the first Tuesday following the final Monday of October.  As luck would have it, next Tuesday is the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November.  In these United States we have a clever sobriquet for that otherwise far too long to say quickly in polite conversation day on the calendar.  We call it "Election Day".    The nation goes to the polls - or if history is any guide slightly less than half of us who are registered and therefore eligible to do so - one week for today to decide among many, many other things who shall be the next President of these United States. 

Granted being President has neither the gravitas nor the panache of being the next American Idol but history has taught us that it is a pretty important gig.  Whether you back Barack or think Mitt is it (or weep quietly in the corner over the paucity of actually attractive options from which you might choose), do the right thing and vote.  Casting a vote is not likely to kill you.  Considering all that has been sacrificed throughout the history of this nation- including on this very day in places flung far and wide around the globe - by men and women an awful lot like me and you (except unlike me they resisted the urge to run away as fast they could when bad shit started to happen all around them) so that men and women such as me and you could enjoy the freedom and the liberties under which we live, the burden placed upon us is less than negligible.  It is non-existent.


If next Tuesday you are just not feeling it and are inclined to blow off taking the time to vote, then come back to this very space for no reason other than to read the words of General Marshall.  Words that are etched in stone at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.  Etched in stone.  Born in blood.  Consecrated in sacrifice.   

WE ARE DETERMINED
 THAT BEFORE THE SUN SETS ON THIS
 TERRIBLE STRUGGLE OUR FLAG WILL BE RECOGNIZED
 THROUGHOUT THE WORLD AS A SYMBOL OF FREEDOM
 ON THE ONE HAND AND OF OVERWHELMING
FORCE ON THE OTHER

'Nuff said.

-AK

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