As election day draws near, we are all being exposed to more political ads on television and recorded messages on our phones. I find that most of these are asking us to listen to our fears and self-interest and pushing us to vote against someone or issue rather than for a value we affirm. Unfair attacks are being made that are both personal and negative. I refuse to be cynical.
Of course "hope" and "change" are being touted by all candidates, as are "working people," "women's rights," and "the beleaguered middle class" -- all worthy ideals. I recently heard Hillary Clinton advise that we should not ask "Who am I for?" but "Who is for me?" I think that might be better stated as "Who would affirm our best values of equality, freedom, understanding, and caring?"
I want my vote to affirm what I see as best in this country and in us all. Such things as prejudice, hatred, fear, even self-interest must fall away. Here is my test. I want to vote openly so that I could explain my vote to our children who will know and live with the results.