Today, of all days, I wish I could spill my guts here. But I am bound by the 10th tradition to not do that. It is election day, and I can say "go out and vote!" I would like to go further and tell you who to vote for. But I won't.
But I would like to say that as sober people, we have the responsibility to take our civic duty seriously. So, I would like to say, counter to most folks, that if you don't know what you are doing, if you haven't paid attention to this election, and if you are voting for nebulous ideas that don't make a lot of sense after investigation - stay home. Really. Just stay home.
When the founding fathers (yes, they were fathers, not mothers) of the United States died to protect our freedom of speech and our right to a voice, they were not talking about uninformed people talking a bunch of nonsense. They were talking about people who took responsibility for themselves and took the time to be informed and form an opinion based on facts. People who took the time, and did the work, and whether you agreed with them or not, you had to respect their opinions and their right to voice them.
We have a beautiful country. My son, and hundreds of thousands like him, have fought for our freedoms in the middle east. Our brothers, cousins, and friends fought in Vietnam. Our fathers, uncles, and grandfathers shed their blood, sweat, and tears in Europe in the first and second world wars. This is serious stuff. It doesn't always feel good. It isn't always pretty. Many have died for this country and all it stands for.
Please take the time for an informed decision about our future.
And stay sober, OK?