Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Is Election Day for lovers or haters?

Many Americans have a love-hate relationship with their government. On one hand, we believe that the best government is one that stays out of our lives as much as possible. We treasure our personal freedoms and liberties, and resist anything that comes along to compromise it.

On the other hand, we also have a lengthy list of things we believe government ought to be doing for us -- such as keeping us safe, making sure our roads are paved and plowed, and our schools educate our children.

We have mixed feelings about government, and they're probably no more apparent than on Election Day. As Americans go to the polls today, one of the major thoughts running through our heads is, at what point is government enough and at what point is it too much?

In fact, does the very act of voting show support for the government, or disapproval? Is Election Day for lovers or haters?

I unfolded this and more in a post on Open Salon, which I'll point you to now to pick up where I leave off here. Slide over for my take on whether Election Day is for lovers or haters, and don't forget to come back here and voice your opinion on the matter in the comments section below.