“Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual—or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country.” ~Samuel Adams
By Alden Benton
It is decision time — Election Day.
It has been a very long political season filled with lies, indignant denials, and wild hyperbole.
Through all the malarkey and minefields of road apples and horse hockey America has grown weary and annoyed with business as usual in Washington and the clowns shoved down our throats by millions of low-information voters.
I have attempted to make my readers high-information voters. Ignorance has no place in the polling place.
As we move through this day, remember that your vote does count. A number of previous elections were so close that if one person in every precinct had voted differently the opposing candidate would have won.
Today we have a chance to choose the direction our country will go.
Vote wisely and intelligently.
“Should things go wrong at any time the people will set them to rights by the peaceable exercise of their elective rights.”
“The people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government and to reform, alter, or totally change the same when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it.”
“Impress upon children the truth that the exercise of the elective franchise is a social duty of as solemn a nature as man can be called to perform; that a man may not innocently trifle with his vote; that every elector is a trustee as well for others as himself and that every measure he supports has an important bearing on the interests of others as well as on his own.”
“The right of citizens to inquire, to hear, to speak, and to use information to reach consensus is a precondition to enlightened self-government and a necessary means to protect it. The First Amendment “‘has its fullest and most urgent application’ to speech uttered during a campaign for political office.’”
~Justice Anthony Kennedy
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