Daily Grat: The Chance to Cast My Vote

Today is election day. If you have yet to vote here in Texas, I certainly hope you will. Yes, it’s “just” a primary election. But *all* elections are important. And the reality of primaries are that, with turnout *far* less than in general elections, your own influence is arguably far greater.

I wrote this a few years back about elections. It’s worth considering again today.

We’ve gotten far more involved in politics than I ever imagined we’d be, during these past few years. I’ve met many many candidates and/or public officials in Dallas County and beyond. It takes a lot of energy, emotion, and will to put yourself out there and run for *any* public office…I mean *any.*

It is challenging to your family life. There are hours and hours of work, going to meetings that don’t seem to matter sometimes.

But it is our process. And, as Churchill said, it’s still better than all the alternatives.

For a nation of laws…for the ability to cast my vote…I am thankful.

(During this year, my goal is to find something new to be thankful for every single day, and to add that thanksgiving as a blog entry, under the title “My Daily Gratitude.” I started this kick back around Thanksgiving, and it’s already resulted in a favorite new song of mine. The goal of this ongoing spiritual exercise is to see if doing such a thing might inspire even more gratitude within me, and to foster general awareness of life on a deeper level.)

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Eric Folkerth is a minister, musician, author and blogger. He is Senior Pastor of Kessler Park UMC United Methodist Church in Dallas, Texas. Previously, he was pastor at Northaven UMC in Dallas for seventeen years. Eric loves to write on topics of spirituality, social justice, music/art and politics. The entries on this blog reflect that diversity of interests. His passion for social justice goes beyond mere words. He’s been arrested at the White House, defending immigrants and “The Dreamers,” and he’s officiated at same sex weddings in his churches, in defiance of what some believe is Methodist teaching. Eric is an avid blogger and published author, and 2017 recipient of the prestigeous Kuchling Humanitarian Award from Dallas’ Black Tie Dinner. (Human Rights Campaign) Eric has led or co-led hundreds of persons on mission trips around the globe, to places such as Mexico, Haiti, Russia, and Nepal. He has worked with lay persons to build ten homes, and one Community Center, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Dallas. He’s a popular preacher, and often tackles challenging issues of social justice in his writings and sermons. His wife, Judge Dennise Garcia, is a State District Judge for Dallas, County. As judge of the 303rd Family District Court, she consistently gets high ratings from area lawyers, and was named “best judge” by The Dallas Observer. First elected in 2004, she was the first Latina ever elected to a county-wide bench in Dallas County, and is currently the longest service district judge in that district. She was re-elected for a fourth term in 2018. They have the world’s best daughter, Maria, and an incredible dog, Daisy. Find links to Eric’s music-related websites, at the top of this site’s navigation menu.

One thought on “Daily Grat: The Chance to Cast My Vote

  1. I agree with all the things you say — to a point. And there was a time when I voted regularly.I told people it was their duty to vote, and I really believed that. When I was teaching, I even excused people from class so they could vote — even when I knew that they would vote differently than I did.Maybe, when he was alive, Churchill was right. But I can't help believing now that, if our system is better than the others, we're screwed. Because today it's all about name calling and finger pointing and giving lip service to important issues only when the politicians need our votes.Instead of proposing solutions to problems, politicians prefer to assign blame for problems. I guess that's easier than doing the hard work they were elected to do.

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