Evening update: I just watched Mitt Romney's concession speech given around midnight. His wife Ann looked beautiful in a red dress and upswept hair, shown here from PBS Newshour. The popular vote was close. I do wonder if conservatives who refused to vote for Romney because he was not "conservative enough" or because of his Mormon background weakened the vote enough to hand the victory to Obama. I am not Mormon myself, so I have an understanding of how this stand-off attitude has affected my non-Mormon friends who could have cast deciding votes for Romney in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Regardless, America is a great nation to allow peaceful elections and transfers of power, and we should never lose hope, cease to pray or give up working for change. From Romney's speech, "I believe in America. I believe in the people of America [long applause], and I ran for office because I'm concerned about America. This election is over, but our principles endure. I believe that the principles upon which this nation was founded are the only sure guide to a resurgent economy and a new greatness. . . . I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader, and so Ann and I join with you to earnestly pray for him and for this great nation."
Vote! Today is the day, USA readers! Most of us registered to vote in the United States are familiar with the "I Voted" sticker that poll workers give out to everyone who passes through the polls to wear as a reminder to other people in the community to get out and vote. The sticker is more than the ultimate fashion accessory on voting day, it is a call to action for everyone who sees it. As free people, voting is not just our right but also a privilege that many around the world do not enjoy.
Our nation stands at a crossroads, economically and morally. This U.S. presidential election will be close, and your vote can make a difference. It has alarmed me over the past week that several of my friends have said they will not vote for Romney (and they also do not want Obama to remain in office). Some people intend to vote for an Independent candidate, and that only splits the strength of the two candidates, Romney and Obama, with any chance at winning. These people hold to principles that they say allow them to vote only for someone who adheres closely to their full list of qualifications. If you are a conservative in your beliefs (which I assume you are if you are visiting a modest clothing site), please consider that failing to vote at all or voting for an Independent in this race will be handing a vote to Obama. Look at the bigger picture. Go to the polls. Vote for Romney. Take as many people with you to vote as you can, and wear your "I Voted" sticker today. I did!
Photo above by Fashion Belle showing her I Voted sticker from the 2012 U.S. presidential election.