In keeping with my longstanding Halloween tradition, I’ve been watching scary movies for a couple weeks. In this context, my definition of scary is fairly broad, including such films as:
- Cabin in the Woods (the perfect combo of terror and wackadoodle)
- The Mummy (good balance of funny and frightening, special effects that have held up remarkably well)
- The Mummy Returns (there was never supposed to be a sequel, was there? Terrible script)
- The Scorpion King (because I own the boxed set)
- The Monster Squad (campy and offensive as only an 80s movie can be, but beloved since childhood)
- Haunted Honeymoon (because Gene Wilder, obvs)
- Van Helsing (could have been awesome, if the actors had taken it seriously)
- Dracula (because Bela Lugosi)
- The Wolfman (because Lon Chaney)
- The Frighteners (whose special effects have NOT held up, but is still a great story)
The thing I realized, though, is that none of these movies come even close to being as scary as the American Presidential Election.
American friends, I am not going to tell you who to vote for. If you’ve been hanging around my blog for any length of time, you can probably tell by the things I discuss here whom I support, and if you disagree with me, nothing I can say would change your mind anyway.
What I will say is, go vote. Not because it’s a right, but because it’s a responsibility. We have the responsibility to shape the course our countries will take, and the responsibility to choose a course that moves the world in a positive direction. Not for us, but for the kids who will have to live in the world we have shaped.
I’ve lived in Canada my whole life, but my mom was American, and I have dual citizenship through her. This year, for the very first time, I voted in an American election. This election is too important to have allowed my voice – or yours – to go unheard.
Vote. And when you do, think of the children.
I’ll be over here, watching chick flicks.