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I Voted

I've had some "big wheels" in our community try to recruit me for various city government doings, to speak at council meetings, help volunteer at different events.  These same people are older, aging, they've done their duty, they want some younger members to carry-on, but life experienced recruits to fill these positions in our local organizations like Elks Club, Rotary, Parks, Lions Club, Toys for Tots, motorcycle riding clubs, bicycle clubs, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited . . . you get it.  I accept about 1 in 10 requests.  I should do more, but I don't.  I'm not lazy - just busy with all more other projects.  I'm hardly at home as it is.  But I can see this stuff dying off.  The way of life in America is changing.  I'm sure my great grandfather or anyone who lived in the 1920s would see us as a bunch of whimps with goofy gadgets and dumb stuff to make your life so easy - what's the point of these things?  They wouldn't believe people on television and radio say such things on the air.  They wouldn't believe the shootings, the talk, the foul language, the baby shit, the racism that's still here...the rudeness.  I don't care if you're the best businessman, the best salesman, the best guy that can make you the most money and be the best thing since sliced bread . . . if you act like a dork, and a racist, and say shit that's bad about a woman, and poke fun, and tease people, and act like a bully - I'd rather be poor and happy like my grandparents then follow a chump, who if they grew up in my old neighborhood, it woulda done 'em some good.  I know my great granddad would agree with, and a whole lotta other grandmas too . . . They'd say the exact same thing, they'd feel the same way.  So get out and vote and join up or cancel me out - 'cause this is America (not fucking 'Merica) and we're all in this together black, white, German, Italian, Indian, Armenian, French, Japanese, Chinese . . . with every religious affiliation all jumbled into one big group of people on one little chuck of land.  So be a part of your community, get to know those around and lead by example.  I always think of it like this . . . if we were all in a boat over about one month, and had to deal with each other, we'd end up making the best friend who on first impression you didn't care for.  You'd forget about who was what color, who was big or small or loud or quiet . . . and we'd all wonder how lucky we were to meet someone like that - and couldn't wait to get back with them real soon.  That's what makes this country great - all the variety.  We're lucky to have a great country with variety, cause the countries without much variety all follow us.  If to get people to follow you, they have to respect you and like you.  Following out of fear is short term.  If you're really good, they'll follow you long long after you're gone - like Abe Lincoln.  

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