America is going to the polls today. There is a teachable moment here and you should take advantage of it with your children.

My parents took my brother and I with them, when they went to vote. We walked into the Tornillo High School gym, and went into these large steel boxes. A push of a button, and curtains would close around us. Each audible metallic click, signaled a vote. Push another button and the curtains opened. All done.

Because I was allowed to accompany my parents, I learned to taking voting seriously and couldn't wait to cast my own vote. While I was waiting, the voting age dropped from 21 to 18. My first vote in the presidential election in 1976. I haven't missed one since.

We took our kids with us when we voted and it made an impression on them. I was so proud to be there, when our oldest cast his first vote. As Americans, we are given a privilege that many in the world, do not have. I'm a firm believer in the old adage "If you don't vote, you can't complain." Our youngest is serving in the Marine Corp, as we speak. He's protecting my right, to vote for people to lead the country, state, and community.

Go vote today and take your kids with you. They will teach their kids and on the circle of America continues.