Washington Watch- November 2, 2012
This past week, both Washington and Georgia have focused on two major stories dominating America's news: the Presidential election and Hurricane Sandy. The future of our country will be decided as Georgia's polls close next Tuesday. Polling places are open today and will reopen bright and early on November 6th at 7am. If you don't know where your polling station is, you can find out by visiting the "My Voter Page" on the Georgia Secretary of State's website.
But we must remember that there are some Americans who have larger worries than even this critical election. I speak of course of those folks in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States who were so hard hit by Hurricane Sandy.
As of Friday morning, news reports indicated that Hurricane Sandy was responsible for over 90 deaths in the United States and billions of dollars in property damage. Millions of Americans remain in the dark as crews continue to work on restoring electricity service, and it's clear that it will take time for everyone in the affected areas to get back to normal.
Americans have an amazing propensity to come together in times of crisis, and I know that this time will be no different. When we see our neighbors on the news hurting and in despair, we have to help. So I am asking that you consider making a donation to the trusted charity of your choice to help our fellow Americans in their time of need. Even if you can't make a monetary donation, the American Red Cross is looking for folks to donate blood as the hurricane has forced the cancellation of over 300 scheduled blood drives. Finally, though most importantly, I hope that you will join me in praying for all those affected by the storm and for the men and women who are working to clean-up the mess that Hurricane Sandy has left behind.
For so many people around the world who are living under despostic regimes or in dismal poverty, America can be a beacon of light and hope. In the next week we will show the world that we can bounce back from a natural disaster, help our fellow Americans, and hold a free and fair election all at the same time. This is the great gift that Americans have to share with the world: hope for a better future.