O vote, all ye faithful

Community Columnist

Before a long road trip, I like to bring the car in for a once-over. Though the mechanic is not infallible and anything can always go wrong, there is always less worry when I get the thumbs up.

When you go to the theater to view the latest blockbuster, you can fidget in your seat waiting for a terrorist to arrive with weapons, but unless you have a little faith when you plunk your money down at the box office, you’ll never enjoy the movie on the big screen.

Faith is the lifeguard sitting by the pool, the brand name on your power tool, the laws of the road and cavalry coming around the bend.

In this great land of ours, we cherish the concept of democracy. It’s a bipartisan no-brainer.

The process of elections has been embraced by many for thousands of years, since the ancient Greeks defined it. I may not agree with your vote, but I’ll fight for your right to have it.

As we go through this polarizing presidential campaign, let us not forget the faith we have in the process. Let every eligible vote count according to the rules in play and let the chips fall where they may. Democracy is at once the beauty of simplicity and the simplicity of beauty. The office will be held for four years by whoever wins.

After that, we’ll do it again.

The polarization of the country needs only to be reflected in the results of the polling booth and not to be paraded tediously in a seemingly unending, over-extended build up that harkens a medical procedure instead of merely a political one.

Faith isn’t a wish or a dream or a pie in the sky or even confidence.

Faith is a tool that helps to get things done. Faith is a promise that we can use to help light the way when the path becomes dark or unclear.

Faith is now a word I use as a simplification for a complicated set of operations or calculations, something I can always keep in my pocket.

Willie Kiernan is a past editor of the Cazenovia Republican and a contributing columnist. He can be reached at cazindependent@gmail.com.

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