The end of the Presidential race is near and I am tired. So are each of you I imagine; as all of the traveling, finger pointing and bickering must be very tiring, just like listening to each of you mock, slander and degrade each other is tiring to me!
I am tired of listening to your campaign commercials about what you will do in the next four years and what each of your records shows you will not or cannot do in the next four years!
I am tired of the nearly endless phone calls I have received asking for my vote from each of you and your supporters!
I know that most of what you say are empty promises, which will be forgotten or ignored once one of you is elected on Tuesday and this also makes me tired.
One of you received my vote, but that choice is only a "lesser of two evils", not a ringing endorsement of you and this also makes me feel tired!
Two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending a week in Washington, DC as a tourist and citizen. I was privileged to get a White House tour and also the Capitol tour.
I visited the National Archives and saw the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. I walked the National Mall, stood in front of the Washington Monument, visited the Lincoln, Jefferson, Martin Luther King and Roosevelt Memorials.
Touched the name on the Vietnam Memorial of my best friend in high schools father. Walked through the Korean Memorial and wondered what sort of hell my father experienced that he never talked about.
I visited many of the Smithsonian museums and walked the grounds of Arlington, watched the changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and viewed the Iwo Jima Memorial. All of this walking made me tired, but proud to be an American.
Each of you have probably visited these places also, but did you go as an American, or simply for a photo-op. Not knowing makes me tired.
But, at least this campaign will soon be over and we all can get some rest.