Sustaining an idea

Published: Friday, November 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM.

This past Tuesday was another of those rare days that seems to set this country apart from so much of the world.

Peaceful may be in the eye of the beholder, but a national election was held during which tens of millions voted in a transition of power that remains a wonder more than 230 years after the Founding Fathers decided on this course of avoiding a monarchy they so disdained.

The Electoral College, well, that requires some leaps of logic for those of the modern world to comprehend, but even in assigning number values to states based on population those that founded this country sought as fair a way as possible to make this quadrennial transition possible.

But the right to vote, to in privacy decide on the direction you want government to go, that is something to be held tight, something precious.

Remember the smiles through tears from those Iraqis allowed the right to vote for the first time, proudly displaying the inked thumb that stood for their sticker of red-white-and-blue.

And maybe there is symmetry to the week beginning with the national election and ending in a salute to veterans, which will begin at 9 a.m. ET this Friday at Port St. Joe Junior-Senior High School.

For as amazing as the right to vote is and the power it conveys to the people in a time of government assessment, is that for generation after generation for those same 230-plus years there have been men and women willing to don a uniform and lay down their lives for that vote.

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