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Happy or Sad, Celebrate We Voted - Join Together For A Better Tomorrow!

by Dessa Rodeffer, Quill Publisher/Owner

November 5, 2008

When we live side-by-side in a great country, such as we do, and can each go to the polls and vote, we should each celebrate after Election Day, no matter what the outcome is.

We are just so blessed in America, to live in a country that allows us the freedom to chose our leaders or to vote out those in office who we feel are not doing the job that is needed to keep our country on course.

We are also blessed to have those among us who will serve our country in various ways, including our servicemen and women.

No matter who is elected during our Elections, we must each put aside our differences and begin to work together to keep America the strong country it is.

We have checks and balances with the House of Representatives and with the Senate as well as the Supreme Court. One is not more powerful than the other. It takes Congress to pass the laws and the Supreme Court to decide if they are legal, just, and fair.

For example, the President can not by himself decide to raise taxes. The law has to come from Congress, and the Surpreme Court may have to decide if it is legal or not. So not just one person is in charge.

That is one of the great strengths of the American system. We the American people get to elect two thirds of that triangle.

Even the Supreme Court judges are appointed by Congress and our President, the officials who we have elected.

In our justice system, citizens have the right to appeal laws and acts that they feel are unfair.

So, we Americans are truly fortunate in the system of government that we have. If you didn't vote, of course, you gave up your say in the whole process.

I think we must also remember not to be like a spoiled child, with a bad case of the "give-mes." Entitlement was not our original forefathers blueprint for our great country, rather they sacrificed and worked to build America.

All true Americans invision better things for our world, and then go to work to make them happen.

Becoming part of the solution, and not part of the problem is how America gained her freedoms.

What we have heard most during the last decade is too many citizens wanting hand-outs instead of wanting to become stronger.

Handouts fail to build strength and character but instead create a needy nation.

To make a nation strong, we can enlist their help, show them how to flex their muscles, do with less, while giving more and together build a better and stronger America.

We have a lot to celebrate, no matter what the outcome of the 2008 election.

We also have a lot we can accomplish together by following in the steps of our forefathers.

A special thank you to the election judges, to the elected officials, and to all those who ran and didn't make it, but were willing to offer their service to this great nation.

There's a lot of work to be done to keep America a leader in the world.