Today is Florida’s primary election.
Today, I voted.
I’m white, and live in a conservative Florida suburb, but…
Today I didn’t shoot anyone with my guns.
Today I didn’t bash any homosexuals.
Today I treated black people the same way I treat all people.
Today I didn’t push my views of marriage on anyone.
Today I didn’t praise Jesus for commonplace events like good parking spots or light traffic.
Today I didn’t punch anyone for their political views. Or at all, for that matter.
Today I didn’t scream hatred at anyone.
Today I didn’t vote for a bigoted, ignorant, loud-mouthed blowhard with bad hair.
In fact, I’m a Democrat. So…
Today I didn’t advocate abortions. Instead I made sandwiches for my four kids.
Today I didn’t attend any conservative rallies while carrying pictures of Chairman Mao. (I understand that if I did, I wouldn’t make it with anyone, anyhow.)
Today I didn’t make hacking noises when someone smoked near me.
Today I didn’t lecture anyone while they were filling up their SUV.
Today I didn’t correct anyone when they weren’t “PC.”
Today I didn’t eat vegan.
Today I didn’t collect welfare.
Today I didn’t go to a Starbuck’s.
Today I put my pants on one leg at a time, just like everybody.
Today I waited patiently for traffic at intersections when necessary.
Today I made sure my kids had decent food in their bellies and clothes on their backs.
Today I worked at a full-time, 9-5 job.
Today I took a shower and put on decent clothes so others wouldn’t have to smell me or be offended by my appearance.
Today I took part in the privileges and traditions granted to me by my forefathers and protected FOR me by my countrymen’s blood.
Today I have to shake my head at what a mockery today’s elections are making of that privilege and tradition.