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Remember, every vote counts

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Thankfully, within a few days, the sun will set on a political election season which will likely be described in history books as the most divisive election season in the history of our nation.  


Thankfully, within a few days, the never-ending political attack commercials will come to an end. And while we can expect an end to the political attack commercials, unfortunately, those commercials will likely be replaced with a never-ending stream of attack commercials intended to derail any and all efforts to repair the political divide which is tearing apart the very fabric of our nation.


Let there be no doubt that while the sun will set on this election season, the results of this single election will forever define the future of our nation.  In the words of Ronald Reagan in a speech in 1964, a speech which has been described as the speech which launched his political career, Reagan said, “You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”  


While Reagan’s words rang true then, those words have even more significance today than ever before in the history of our nation.


The question each of you must ask when you cast your vote on election day is whether you will cast your vote for a candidate who supports more taxes to pay for uncontrollable government spending, or whether you will cast your vote for a candidate who supports lower taxes?  The question each of you must ask when you cast your vote on election day is whether you will cast your vote for a candidate who supports cradle to grave regulations, regulations which have literally destroyed families and communities across America, or whether you will you cast your vote for a candidate who supports less government regulation?


More importantly, the question you must ask when you cast your vote on election day is whether you will cast your vote for a candidate who supports the freedoms guaranteed by our constitution, or whether you will cast your vote for a candidate who believes that those freedoms are outdated and need to be rewritten by activist judges.  The answer to this single question will forever define the future of our nation. 


Regardless of which candidate you support when you cast your vote on election day, one thing is absolutely certain, you will either cast your vote for a candidate who will support religious liberty, or you will cast your vote for a candidate who supports unfettered government control of decisions intended to define what you believe, how you believe, where you worship, how you worship, and yes, in many communities whether you will be able to worship. 


At the end of the day, at the end of this election season, we need to ask the rhetorical question as to why any of us should care about the results of this election?  Very simply, the answer to the rhetorical question of why any of us should care about the results of this election were best illustrated in the words of Abraham Lincoln when he wrote, “America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.


So, as I often do, I will ask each of you to join me on my imaginary mountaintop as we consider which candidate to cast a vote for on election day.  Will you cast a vote for the candidate who in the words of Reagan will “preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth,” or will you cast a vote for the candidate who will “sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” 


Oh, and by the way, after you decide who you will cast your vote for on election day, please, yes please, make sure you cast your vote on election day, because every vote counts and every vote will define the future of our nation.


Mark Wohlander, a former FBI agent and federal prosecution, practices law in Lexington.


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