Election Day November 6, 2012

Dad would ask me one question on our morning call if he were still with us on earth - Son did you vote today?

I've been out of pocket somewhat the past few months with work and a new granddaughter.

During the past few months I like everyone else has been inundated with television/radio/print ads seeking my vote or at least I thought that was what political ads were supposed to do.

Instead the ads I saw for the most part were disparaging the other candidate or those that supported a certain issue or issues.

My father served in the United States Navy at the age of 16 1/2 during WWII. He was in the Pacific Theatre on a submarine.

If he were alive today the first thing he would say on our morning call would be - Son did you vote? He never asked me who I voted for or why I voted on a particular issue, all he asked was - Son did you vote?

The experts (whoever they are) seemed to settle on one conclusion as a body of political scientists - our nation will be divided these next four years in spite of one candidate or the other being elected.

I choose to differ, my good neighbors in O'Fallon, my good neighbors in Saint Charles County, my good neighbors throughout Missouri and my good neighbors throughout these United States of America are going to unite and move this nation forward.

That's what we do! That's who we are! We are the few, the brave, the patriotic! We are the defenders of freedom!

Yes Dad I voted, my wife voted, my sons voted, my daughters-in-law voted! We voted because you and hundreds of thousands of brave men and women gave us the right to vote and the obligation to vote because of your service to our country! God Bless America! God Bless O'Fallon! God Bless ALL voters! Let Freedom Ring!

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Jim Frain November 06, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Well said Mike....Thanks for reminding us of the honor and pride and importance of our votes. Our fathers would have been great friends...Both went to World War 2 at early ages, Dad had just turned 17 and, like your dad, he was in the navy. Voting in the Frain Family was more than a right, it was a duty. And yes, Dad never told us who to vote for or what stands to take on issues, he just demanded that we vote and that we stay involved in our community...I would like to think that we have both made our dad's proud. God Bless America.
Jordan Lanham November 06, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Thank you for sharing Mike and Jim!


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