I watched Vice President Joe Biden’s acceptance speech as the Democratic Party nominee for President. It was spectacular. He rose to the moment. But if you think this is a reason to vote blue no matter who, you need to know this: Voting blue is nowhere near enough on its own to uphold and protect our democracy. You have to be informed and aware of the issues, including some not reported in mainstream media. You have to be discerning as to where you get your information. And you have to be willing to criticize the people you voted for, so that they know that your loyalty to them is something they have to earn, rather than something they are entitled to.