Sound Off

Sound Off Go out and vote

November 6, 2012

By Jerry Fraser  

Someone asked me why the stock market was climbing on the morning of Election Day. (It was up over 150 points in the afternoon.)

“That’s easy,” I said. “The election’s over.”

I could have said, “Two billion dollars later, it’s over.”

That’s an obscene amount of money in pursuit of public office. Except that if the right man gets elected, it will seem cheap.

Great civilizations do not, to use Lincoln’s words, tend to “long endure.” If you happen to agree with commentators who see numerous cultural, social and economic threats to the great experiment that is the United States of America, you cannot take our future for granted.

Our tradition of American exceptionalism is not an accident. It is a tree nurtured in liberty, faith and hard work.

Our rough and tumble political system often seems cynical and misguided, but it embodies the practice of democracy by an imperfect citizenry. And for more than 200 years it has served us well and by and large has gotten us where we needed to go.

Water Thomas Jefferson’s tree of liberty today. Vote.

Jerry Fraser is the publisher of WorkBoat. He can be contacted at 

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