Vote for the Next Generation

This morning tears are rolling down my face – and I am not sure why. I suspect it is the final release of emotions that began welling up three years ago and then intensified in the last three months. Our day of decision has come and our future will be decided – as it should be – by millions of voters around the country.

What is so strange about this is that for my entire adult life I have been a “numbers guy” – focused on dispassionately assessing the result of prior decisions and moving quickly to minimize the negative and altering the course to leverage the positive. And I always ask what I consider to be the central question – what will the course corrections look like in three months, a year and five years? The answer to this question drives my decisions. And so it is with the election today – but the horizon is far longer than months or years – it is generational.

The decision voters make today will not only impact the next four years, but will determine the future we hand to our children and grandchildren. Will we give the next generation the opportunity to be masters of their own futures or will we cede the decisions to the government? Each vote today says who you trust to make the right decisions – is it your children or a faceless bureaucrat in Washington DC?

The outcome today will result in one of two very different nations that we will leave to our children. I trust Americans will look to the future and make their decision in our children’s favor.

Every vote today will be recorded in eternity – and the next generation will determine if we were thinking of them or only selfishly of ourselves.

And the outcome today will determine if my tears this morning are of joy or despair.



2 Responses to Vote for the Next Generation

  1. carol muldawer says:

    Robert, thanks so much for your comments. I thought seriously
    about what you wrote and agree about the next generation my
    children and my grand children and voted Democratic. Thank you
    for helping me make that decision.

    • Carol – it is my sincere hope that you are right and that your children and grandchildren will look back in admiration at your decision and not view it as a misguided action of one of the “right-thinking people” referred to in Heinlein’s quote below.

      “Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded- here and there, now and then- are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.” — Robert A. Heinlein

      Here’s hoping against “bad luck”.


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