Before You Vote

Dear readers, I would like to ask a favor of you. Before you walk in to cast your vote or mail in your ballot for the upcoming election, please stop and ask yourself the following questions: “If I am voting for a politician who commands great military power and doesn’t care about the women and men who make me powerful, why am I voting for him?” Then ask yourself the following: “If I am a Jew or other minority, why am I voting for a person who is an avowed anti-Semite and racist?” The question is not really why you would vote for a person with no morals, or character or empathy towards the suffering of others because of their race or ethnic constitution or religious heritage, but what is it in your psychological DNA that says these things don’t matter when choosing a leader. It means that your gross selfishness has blocked the flow of courage and empathy into your heart. It means that the problem is YOU.

When you assault peaceful demonstrators, what you are saying is that peaceful co-existence with others who do not share your worldview doesn’t matter. This is how governments and civilizations ultimately fall. Even the ancient scholars warned future generations when they said that “people get the government they deserve.” Ask yourself if we deserve what has befallen us in the year 2020? There are arguments to be made for both sides. The bottom line is that when you see you have made a mistake, you correct it as soon as possible.

There might be a tendency to call these past four years an aberration, and that good governance will return like a refreshing spring. But until, and unless people everywhere fix themselves and their attitudes towards others, we can expect more of the same, and worse, in 2021.

I am profoundly tired of religious people telling me they are voting for a man with evidently no morals because he “listens to God.” Clearly, they don’t know what God is saying or has said about those who cheat on their wives, cheat on their taxes and cheat on their country with a foreign enemy. God isn’t saying anything because he or she probably doesn’t feel He or She has to. That should be crystal clear to anyone with a functioning brain.

And for all you “single-issue” voters out there? Please consider your vote carefully as it truly affects others in their daily lives. Need proof? Many wealthy people voted for someone who promised to lower their taxes. That turned out to be a bad jolt to a once-stable economy in ways large and small. There was no forethought as to what might happen in times of national economic stress, such as that later caused by COVID-19. What good does it do to have lower taxes when your favorite restaurant had to permanently close or your housekeeper is homeless and suffering from “food insecurity?”

Millions of people in Israel and the U.S. are now unemployed, many for the first time in their lives. They cannot take care of their families, nor do they know how long the current situation will last. They really should stop acting surprised that their voting choice has led to this situation we all now face. People voted for both Donald Trump and Benyamin Netanyahu despite their public comments and behavior that were widely disseminated at election time. No one held a gun to their heads and said to vote for either men. Generally, when people tell you what they are really like, you should heed what they say. And then take your vote elsewhere.

Lastly, schools are closed. Our future generations of leaders might not have the best education that their government once assured them they would receive. Do you really want uneducated people running the government? Do you want to rely upon their wisdom when tough times occur? Do you want a military that has no self-respect or motivation to protect what our nations have because their careers have been maligned? It is time to ask yourself what you can do to heal us as a people and to vote with a clear conscience that you made the best possible decision you could for the future of us all. If you vote for corruption, then don’t be surprised when corruption rules the country. If you vote for compassion and empathy, then that will ultimately be reflected in our future choices on managing the health and welfare of us all.

It’s your vote. Don’t waste it.

About the Author
Rachel Grenadier was an olah from the Commonwealth of Virginia in 2003 who returned to the United States in 2015. She really wanted to stay in Israel, but decided that having family members nearby was better for her health than a bunch of devoted, but crazed, Israeli friends who kept telling her hummous would cure her terminal heart condition. She has her B.A. and M.A. from George Mason University in Virginia and is the author of two books: the autobiographical "Israeli Men and Other Disasters" and "Kishon: The Story of Israel's Naval Commandoes and their Fight for Justice". She is now living in Virginia with her three Israeli psychologically-challenged cats and yet, denies being a "hoarder".
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