I voted last Friday.

 

And my heart swelled. It’s one of my favorite things to do. Every time I go and cast my ballot, I am gathered together with people from my community, starting with my precinct, my county and state, my country. We are all doing the same thing, something “we the people” have the right to do in America. We have made the effort, however big or small, to do it. To come together to participate in our democracy. We are connected as Americans by sharing this act with people across the country. 

At my local polling place, on voting day, I am with my neighbors. Early voting at the county board of elections, I’m voting—and waiting in very long line—with people from all over my county. The line was long, and I shared time with fellow citizens who are also exercising their right to vote. It was exhilarating and inspiring. In the  hour and a half it took me to get to get to the booth, looking around at the people of different races and ethnicities, social and economic groups, I had some time to meditate on the nature of a representative democracy, our nation’s past and its future, and what all this means today.

I voted knowing that things are not perfect in my country, nor will my vote make things perfect. The writers of the US Constitution knew this too. They began the document with the aspirational words, “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union. . . .” A more perfect union. With every iteration of the voting process we are entering into communion with our past as a nation. We are part of the process of making it “more perfect.” We do this for our children and our children’s children.

Humanities at Home strives to bring interesting stories and tools to help Ohioans become more informed citizens. Our latest e-newletter features Executive Director Pat Williamsen’s review of Barnstorming Ohio to Understand America, by David Giffels and some resources and links we hope will inspire you.

Check it out HERE.

 

Missy Greenleaf Flinn, Managing Editor of Pathways magazine

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