Moved by Moving
I was reminded by a friend yesterday just how long it has been since I wrote on this blog. I’ve had a good reason: the Cirmo family moved on Labor Day! Though we relocated a mere half mile away, we might as well have moved to Australia. The agony of total upheaval is never welcome, and I am just starting to feel like our house is a home. I’ve thanked God on an almost daily basis for our new place. We have more room. I have a patio on which to eat as a family al fresco. My parking space is ten steps away from our front door. But I have also gone deeper in my prayers, thanking the Lord for the freedom He has so graciously give all Americans to move..for whatever reason. We can move for work, for better schools, cheaper housing, or a fresh start. That’s not to say that there aren’t some who feel stuck in a bad neighborhood. And, unfortunately, homelessness remains a problem even for our relatively rich nation. However, for all its faults, America is still a hopeful place–a country in which a hard-working individual–regardless of his or her economic standing–can achieve what’s utterly impossible in other lands. My prayer is that the American dream will be preserved whatever the outcome of the upcoming presidential election.
Speaking of which…I have not been too buried in boxes to keep up with what’s going on in the political world. You’d have to shoot me for that to happen! It’s disconcerting to see the mainstream media attempt to skew the news in favor of President Obama. The fact is, friends, the race for the presidency is just about as tight as one can get. And as much as the pollsters will try to influence the election in one direction or another, bear in mind that your vote will have a huge influence on November 6. I urge you to register to vote this week if you haven’t already (otherwise, you’ll be too late!) and to educate yourselves on the candidates and their positions. Don’t just listen to the paid advertisements or the pundits. Take an hour or two and do some homework. A great start is watching the televised debates. The first one is tomorrow night (October 3). If you have cable, tune into CSPAN. It’s the only station that doesn’t have commentators telling you what to think. And if you happen to be working or otherwise occupied, DVR it. It’s that important.
Make your own judgments and conclusions about how the candidates do. Take notes. Look at both sides with an open mind. Think about Obama’s and Romney’s plans for America. And don’t just think about which one you like better. Think seriously about whether each plan is in sync with the vision set forth by our founding fathers. If so, then you may consider which you prefer. Additionally, as Washington Post contributor George Will wisely wrote recently, don’t get carried away by the personalities of the candidates. We shouldn’t be primarily motivated to vote for the candidate who would make the best dining companion. A president’s job is to uphold the Constitution not pass the salt.
I’m not the first–and I certainly won’t be the last–to say that there’s much riding on this election. It’s not an exaggeration to state that this is the most crucial election of my lifetime (and people twice my age have made the same statement!). Don’t be one of those people who either sits out this election or blindly casts a vote for the guy for which your friend is voting. It doesn’t have to take an earth-shattering event like a move to force you to reflect on America’s uniqueness. However, you will have set aside time to think about it. Write out a list; I guarantee you’ll be surprised how extensive your blessings are. And praise God, we have that freedom to ponder our lives, to make changes…to vote.