How Precious Is Your Liberty?

It always feels good to me when I vote. Whether I think my candidates will lose–most likely today–or win, I am glad to vote. Perhaps most importantly, I am grateful I have the right to vote.

There are people who cannot vote. In Virginia, despite efforts by the last three governors, it is still difficult for convicted felons to vote–even when they have served their time.

One friend of mine made a big mistake many years ago. He was never caught, but eventually he turned himself in, went to prison, served his time, joined AA and got sober. Twenty-plus years after he was released, 23 years after he joined AA, 15 years after he obtained his real estate broker’s license, he  applied for restoration of his franchise. He supplied all sorts of documentation to attest to his good character, and he received the good news of his new status in August. He voted today.

Frankly, I think it should have been automatic. My friend  obviously did not need this restoration to assist in his rehabilitation, but he did feel tainted every time an election occurred. He feels more whole now.

Of course, there are lots of people–perhaps a majority–who will not vote today.

Maybe we should let them go to prison briefly to learn what it feels like to lose all their rights. Then, they might vote, realizing how precious liberty is.

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Robin Hawley Gorsline

Robin is a poet (claiming this later in life) and Queer Theologian--reflecting a soul of hope and faith and joy and justice/shalom. He is happily married to Dr. Jonathan Lebolt (20 years and counting), the proud parent of three glorious daughters (and grateful to two wonderful sons-in- law and a new one soon!), and the very proud "Papa" to Juna (6) and Annie (3).

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