Uncle Sam...no, I mean the man in the Red Sweater - wants you.
He wants you to register to vote today if you haven't already. Don't wait for tomorrow because in some 12 states, tomorrow will be too late. (Here are the deadlines in each state).
Who is the Man in the Red Sweater? I am not talking about the Man in the Red Sweater, the horrible dog breaker in Jack London's The Call of the Wild who taught the dog Buck that a man with a club was a law giver and must be obeyed.
No, the man in the red sweater is a man by the name of Ken Bone, an undecided voter who works in the energy industry who asked an energy related question of the two leading candidates during Sunday's Presidential debate.
He explained: "I work in coal fired electricity and it's a big concern where I live in southern Illinois, the St. Louis metro area,"
People loved how he was dressed - a red sweater, black glasses. And then, he memorialized his 15 seconds of fame with a disposable camera.
Not by taking a selfie with his cell phone.
In a season of unreality, he has become a possible route back to reality.
Whether you live in the United States (as I do) or elsewhere, you know that our 2016 Presidential election season has become a time of great division. It has torn friends and family apart. Normally sane people have posted the most hateful posts defending their candidate and even unfriended each other.
Then, along came Ken Bone.
Yesterday, he went from 7 followers on Twitter to over 36,000. And what does he say about voting in November?
He still hasn't made up his mind (and doesn't plan to until after the last debate) but he is telling America this: "I'm really glad that so much attention has come my way, if for no other
reason than I can get the message out that your voice can be heard, and
please get out and vote in November. If you feel like your vote doesn't
matter, it does. Make your voice heard."
And that's the most important message of all.
Fellow Americans, don't sit this one out. Whatever your voting preference, please, PLEASE exercise that right this November.
Your country's future depends on it.
If you live in the United States, don't miss out. And then, maybe, you can start talking to your family or your next door neighbor again.
Day 11 of the #Ultimate Blog Challenge.