5 Things to Do on Election Day 2012

November 5, 2012

Current Events, Faith

U.S. Presidential election

It’s here. The day that Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, and the whole country has been waiting for: Election day 2012. Who will win?

The polls opened on the East Coast this morning and will close on the West Coast this evening. Alaska and Hawaii will follow closely behind. If predictions are accurate, this will be a close election. We may not know the winner until late in the evening. Or it may take several days, or even longer, to know. Or, maybe it’ll be a landslide win for one candidate.

Much of the nation will be glued to the television watching the results come in. Some school districts are even closed for the day.

5 Things to Do Today

How will you spend your day and evening? Will you join the millions watching and waiting for the results to come in? Or have you had enough of the election cycle that began almost two years ago?

Here are five ways you can make the most of Election Day 2012.

  • Vote. If you have not already done so, go out and vote. Make your voice heard. I’m not going to tell you who to vote for. The only advice I offer is to vote your heart. Vote for the candidate, regardless of party, that comes closest to representing your ideals and values. If neither major party candidate fits that description, look to another party.
  • Remember. For the prepper, for the homesteader, for the self-reliant survivalist, it doesn’t really matter who wins this election. Preppers prepare. That’s what we do. Regardless of who wins this election, we will continue to prepare for an uncertain future. We will continue to prepare for the loss of a job, for a natural disaster, or for something much worse such as an economic collapse.
  • Watch. Sure, you can watch the results as they come in. But maintain your situational awareness as well. Watch the local news. Listen for signs of trouble. Some pundits are predicting violence and rioting should one candidate or the other lose.
  • Prepare. Try to do something each day to make yourself a little more prepared. Add to your prepper’s notebook, learn to tie a new knot, or buy a few extra cans of veggies at the supermarket on the way home from work. It doesn’t have to be a big thing; a little step each day adds up.
  • Pray. If you are a person of faith, pray that we, as a people, will choose the right person to lead our country. Pray for the next President and his leadership team, that they will have a heart toward God. The candidate from each of the two major political parties each claims to be a Christian. Pray that once in office they will have the courage to live up to the ideals that they profess. And pray that American will return to the ideals upon which it was founded. (Please don’t misunderstand. I’m not suggesting that we remove the separation of church and state. I don’t want that. Simply, if we all lived by the Golden Rule and followed the principles of peaceful faith, the world would be a better place.)

These are the things that we’re going to do today. How about you?

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