NORMAN — This column is about you.
This is about you, personally. I don’t have a crowd in my mind; I’m seeing individuals I know and have met. I’m thinking of your needs and your hopes for yourself, your family, your community and our nation.
If there is one single thing I can say to you about this election that will help, it is this: Vote. There are so many reasons to skip voting. In my few years (I’m barely middle-aged, after all), I’ve heard many.
Here are a few:
Excuse No. 1: “This election is a choice between the lesser of two evils.” My response: If you’re right, then do you really want to leave to others the chance of selecting the greater evil?
Excuse No. 2: “I’m discouraged. My candidate didn’t deliver, and I don’t like the other candidate.” My response is a parable: Fear and Doubt went knocking on doors. When they knocked on the door of Faith and Courage, they answered. And Fear and Doubt vanished. Vote your hopes, your dreams, your faith and your courage to go forth. Never, never, never let political ads or campaigns steal your faith and courage by sowing fear and doubt in their place ... so that you quit.
Excuse No. 3: “Everyone’s telling lies. I don’t know what or whom to believe.” Well, you know what you believe. Apply those values and choose the candidate who comes closest. You’re only human, and so are they.
Excuse No. 4: “In 2000, the election in Florida was a mess. What’s the point of voting if my vote isn’t counted?” I know about Florida in 2000. The win was by 537 votes. Bottom line: If 538 more voters had gone to the polls for Vice President Al Gore, the outcome would have been different, no matter how messed up.