Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day.

Today is a day of great import in our nation.

It is election day.  It is a day of which some in other nations can only dream.  A day where we exercise the ultimate power of the people.  We show that the combined strength of those at the grass roots can make a difference.

It doesn't matter if you're black or white, male or female, rich or poor - you have the RIGHT in this nation to VOTE.  To make your voice heard. 

Most people won't vote today.  Those same people will have no trouble later complaining about the government and how they fail to perform up to par or how they have screwed up the country or the town or the lives of individuals.  It is very easy to sit back in your lounge chair and watch the election results and judge everyone else. 

The funny thing is, it's not that much more difficult to get up out of that chair and get yourself to your polling place and cast your very own ballot.

As a woman, not to vote seems quite an ungrateful action to me.

During the Women's Suffrage Movement women suffered for this right.  They were ridiculed, jailed, abused, taunted, beaten, and bound because they felt that women had just as much right to turn the political tide of this country as men.  That a woman had the INTELLECT to voice her opinion.  To research her options.  That she had just as much brain power as a man.

This was a RADICAL idea.  And women were willing to fight and die for the cause. 

If for no other reason, get out to your polling place today to honor them.  Those women who fought for YOU.  For your personal right to walk to a polling place and cast your ballot.  A great stride on the road to freedoms for women.  To rights for women.  These first wave feminists dared to think about what could happen if they won.  Dared to dream about a different future for their daughters.  A brighter one.

March with them today.  Remember them today.  Cast YOUR vote TODAY in their honor and memory.  Make your voice heard.


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