Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day

"Politicians are like diapers. They both need changing regularly and for the same reason."

What an awesome day to be an American in a country where we have the freedom to exercise our right to vote. I am proud to say that I have voted in every election (the past 2) ever since I turned the legal age to vote. As I stood in line today at 5:30 a.m. to cast my ballot, I was touched by the long line of Americans standing with me waiting to vote. People were discussing politics in line and expressing their excitement and hope for this election. And to think that in some countries, people aren't even allowed to express their religious views let alone vote for their country's leaders.

One thing is for sure, no matter who wins this election, history will be made for either Women and African-Americans. Women fought 70 years for the right to vote! Even after the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920, some women were still arrested and jailed for attempting to exercise their right to vote! And African Americans fought long and hard for their rights. In 1869, the 15th Amendment was passed allowing all men the right to vote. It stated simply that "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

"At all times, day by day, we have to continue fighting for freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and freedom from want… from these are things that must be gained in peace as well as in war." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

So, get out and vote! What are you waiting for??

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