Stories about: 2012 election

What I Hope Parents Do on Election Day

If he were president, my seven-year-old son told me, there would be no more wars. There would be no more robberies—and nobody would get sick or hurt. He wouldn’t let anybody die, either.

It broke my heart a bit to have to explain to him that presidents couldn’t stop all wars, or all robberies—and that no matter what we do, people get sick, hurt and die. Liam got very quiet. But, I told him, there’s a lot that presidents and all of us can do to bring peace, keep people safe, make fewer people choose crime and make sure more people have what they need to get and stay healthy. Liam perked up. That’s what I’ll do, then.

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