"The men and women who serve in our battlefields may be Democrats and Republicans and Independents, but they have fought together and bled together and some died together under the same proud flag. They have not served a Red America or a Blue America - they have served the United States of America."
Barack Obama, August 28, 2008
As our country prepares to officially cast our ballots tomorrow to elect the 44th President of the United States of America, here are some things to think about:
There are currently over 23,532,000 living veterans (in war and peace) that have put their lives on the line to protect our right to vote among our other freedoms and approximately 1,190,098 of our brave men and women have died defending all of our rights throughout our country's history.
There are 195 countries in this world and out of the 140 countries that hold elections, more than 100 still limit important civil and political freedoms. That leaves only a handful of countries around the world that have the same type of rights to vote as Americans do.
Only 33% of all Americans eligible to vote, voted and chose our last
"Who can vote? The right to vote is sometimes referred to as "suffrage." The right of suffrage in the United States is currently enjoyed by all citizens over the age of eighteen. However, this has not always been the case. In the early years of the republic, the eligible electorate consisted primarily of white, male, property owners. States gradually relaxed property-ownership requirements until most male citizens of twenty-one years or more were allowed to vote. After the Civil War, the right to vote was extended to all citizens, regardless of race, by the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. The Women's Suffrage Movement succeeded with the 19th Amendment and the extension of the right to vote to women (some states already allowed women to vote, but the Amendment required all states to do so). The 23rd Amendment allotted electoral votes to the District of Columbia, thereby giving its residents the right to vote in presidential elections. And the 26th Amendment, ratified in 1971, granted the right to vote to every citizen eighteen years of age or older.
Simply because voting rights are formally extended by the
Constitution, however, does not mean they are actually exercised. Most
notably, black voters did not fully enjoy the right to vote for many
years after the ratification of the 13th Amendment because of
intimidation, discrimination and tactics such as literacy tests and
poll taxes. Moreover, many people who have the right to vote simply
choose not to exercise it. Millions of eligible voters have not even
registered to vote." - ThisNation.com
It's pretty obvious who I support in this election.
Please understand, it doesn't matter who you support, but it certainly matters if you don't vote.