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The goodness and the grace . . .

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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A number of you commented on my blog yesterday that you are already good people who already treat everyone with kindness.

And I've got no doubt that's so.

There are good folks at Spark People. Kind folks.

There are good folks in the United States. Kind folks.

But: although the November 3 2020 American election will profoundly affect people all over the world, only the good kind folks in the USA get a vote.

So please: those of you entitled to vote, exercise your vote. Using whatever means to vote is possible for you: whether in person, or early mail-in ballot.

Then: do all you can to ensure that your vote is counted.

The right to vote is a precious right. But not just a right. It's also -- now, perhaps more than ever before in recent history -- a huge responsibility.


[Was that a slip up, as noted by ONEKIDSMOM below, when I wrote, "only the good kind folks in the USA get a vote"? Uh, no. As I responded to her:

"Yup -- I was assuming that ALL of the people in the USA are kind and good -- or at least capable of being kind and good.

And in fact I do believe that.

Nobody is unrelievedly evil or entirely self-interested.

No matter what we've done in the past, at any given moment we are capable of acting NOW with pure kindness and goodness."]

We are.



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  • TOMATOCAFEGAL
    Vote. Anyway you are comfortable doing. Love your fellow man. Be grateful we can discuss this!
    154 days ago
  • QUARTERMASTER3
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    156 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Your post reminded me of the song " We are the World" There are good and kind people out there, however there are also those with only a self interest.
    Even though I know how my state will vote, I am still going to vote. I totally agree with the former First Lady and John Lewis.
    Election Day cannot come fast enough for me. We need a return of the kinder, gentler America.
    157 days ago
  • NISSANGIRL
    Thanks for the link, great blog, well spoken👍
    157 days ago
  • JHADZHIA
    Thank you for the link. Hopefully, the US folk will get out and exercise their right to vote.
    Sparkies are indeed the nicest folks I have ever met online anywhere. I must admit when 'meeting' them on Facebook, I was astonished to find out that most of them were Trump supporters! Makes me appreciate even more the neutrality of this website, because it gets quite virulent the hating on FB.
    157 days ago
  • DOVESEYES
    Voting is a privilege to everyone who is eligible :) and does affect the rest of the World too :)
    157 days ago
  • BKNOCK
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    157 days ago
  • LSANDY7
    You can bet your bottom dollar that all four members of this household will exercise our RIGHT to vote. Corona or no corona we will step into the booth and cast our ballots.
    157 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
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    157 days ago
  • DSHONEYC
    Yes, all eligible Americans should vote, but I believe some people are incapable of goodness and kindness. They are unable to summon up "good & kind" actions that are not in their own self-interest. Maybe there are no evil people, but certainly there are evil actions daily.

    emoticon To deny evil is to be unrealistic in our fallen world.

    Thank you for believing in America's goodness and kindness. I hope someday we can live up to that.


    157 days ago
  • SUSIEMT
    Point taken! I will be casting my vote and taking it down to the village hall where it will be counted. (((HUGS)))
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    157 days ago
  • POLSKARENIA
    Good luck!
    158 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    Thank you for the link. I watched all of the convention last night and plan to watch the rest.

    Voted by mail for our recent primaries and am registered to get a ballot for November. If it's not received during the early voting time period, I will make an effort to vote in person. I've worn a mask for 10+ years due to a compromised immune system BUT will not let that keep me from voting in person if necessary.

    I always vote as I watched my parents & grandparents do & possibly farther back in the family tree.


    158 days ago
  • OVERWORKEDJANET
    Powerful words when I watched them spoken by Michelle. I also enjoyed many of the other speakers.
    Now it we all vote, we can make that difference we're searching for.

    Thanks, Northern neighbor!
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    158 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I pray that the good and kind people that we are all capable of being get out and vote. We need to make our voices heard. I pray for a good outcome!
    158 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    She is an amazing lady and I hope her words make a difference. Every vote matters and every person has a responsibility to make sure their vote counts. This time the world is really watching and praying for a change in leadership.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    158 days ago
  • 36BEATRICE
    A wonderfully touching and powerful speech by Michelle Obama.Hope more people will vote this year.
    Yes voting is a right (only recently acquired for women) and a priviledge.
    158 days ago
  • NANASUEH
    Haven't had a chance to listen to Ms. Obama's speech; I want to wait till I can listen uninterrupted.

    I do believe that people do the best they can at any given moment with what they have and what they know. But I don't believe that kindness is part of that equation. There are too many self-righteous who are just flat out unkind.

    Yes, voting is a right and a responsibility.

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    158 days ago
  • PENOWOK
    No matter where we are in life and what we believe, it’s both a responsibility and a privilege!!
    158 days ago
  • PHEBESS
    WONDERFUL speech. Ms. Obama has always been a passionate and eloquent speaker, and she definitely has the ability to make people sit up and listen. I can only hope that the majority of US citizens in each state DO vote this year, indeed with that goodness and grace.

    I can't imagine not voting, even as a protest vote. Fortunately, my voter registration is in a state that has ONLY mail-in voting. Each town has a variety of drop boxes that open roughly 10 days before the actual election. I believe the envelopes may also cover postage.

    We, however, are registered to vote as "overseas voters." This would be how diplomats, other embassy employees, and military personnel vote - as well as long term travellers like us. We have secure access to online ballots which we mark, download to the computer, and email. Of course, for security reasons, there is also a downloadable form that must be included with a signature (in blue), which is verified with our voter registration application to ensure that we are who we say we are.
    158 days ago
  • MTN_KITTEN
    ... only the good kind folks in the USA get a vote.

    Everyone has a voice and the opportunity / responsibility to make a difference.

    And a choice to be kind and good.

    I hope for our country ... our world ... everyone choses to go high.
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    158 days ago
  • TOKIEMOON
    I vote every election but I can tell you I wasn't at all happy that the popular vote lost to the electoral college the last presidential election. Instead, we ended up with someone who could not be considered to be kind in the least. It flies in the face of "every vote matters" when the electoral college does whatever it whats to regardless.
    158 days ago
  • 1CRAZYDOG
    Oh I loved the link and can ASSURE you, I WILL BE VOTING! Certain entities are making it difficult to vote by absentee ballot, but hopefully that snafu is going to be resolved!

    I have nothing but the greatest admiration for Michelle's innate compassion, caring and intelligence!

    HUGS
    158 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/18/2020 10:08:41 AM
  • AKA_TROUBLE
    I have always considered voting to be a responsibility more than a right. emoticon
    158 days ago
  • ONEKIDSMOM
    It was indeed a wonderful speech.

    I had to do a double take on this snippet in your blog, though: "only the good kind folks in the USA get a vote". That's true in the sense that of all the good kind folks in the world, only those in the USA get to vote in the US Presidential election. Unfortunately, so do all the folks in the USA who may not fall into the Venn diagram circle of "the good kind folks in the world". (Depending on how one defines good and kind.)

    The self-interested will be out there voting, too. The folks who listen to a different slant of the news will be out there voting.

    So... it is extra important that you examine yourself as well as the candidates, examine your own motives in voting, and whatever you conclude, that you get out and vote.
    158 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Nice. I don't think just kind people vote.Nice sentiment though.
    158 days ago
  • TERMITEMOM
    This was a GREAT speech. Thank you for posting the link.
    158 days ago
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