Ignoring the plugs Ms. Johansson made for Mr. Obama, what the Hollywood starlet said should ring true for everyone in America. While this speech is probably not one of the classics, it was rousing and to the point. All of us are born into this great nation, and for just one time during the year, we should help it to go on the right path. Not many people will ever be able to make it to the presidency or to Congress, but all of us will have the opportunity to vote; so do not squander your chance.
Where you can make the most difference is informing yourself on the local candidates, not just the presidential candidates, because often, local decisions are the ones that affect you the most and the most quickly. Moreover, because there are less people voting in the local elections, you do have a larger voice, and comparatively, your vote has an even greater impact on local elections than in the presidential election (unless you live in a battleground state). Though it may be great that the presidential candidates promise to end the war, it would probably be much more satisfactory for most people to have the local dams and streams reconstructed to prevent excessive flooding, too.
I hope everyone on the East Coast has weathered out Hurricane Sandy safely! I hear many parts of New Jersey, where I am from, is still without power. My thoughts go out to you.