Celebrate the 15th and 19th Amendments: VOTE!

Today is a wonderful day! It marks the end of those interminable political ads (at least for the next eighteen months). It’s also a day when U.S. citizens can exercise one of their most important rights.

A hundred years ago, women in the U.S. didn’t have a voice in the laws that governed them. Ninety-eight years ago, in August of 1920 the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was adopted, giving women the legal right to vote for their representatives. This, along with the 15th Amendment, which was ratified 50 years earlier, are part of what protect “We the People” from becoming powerless. Yes, “big money”  and foreign propaganda challenge this, but election results have shown more than once that when the voters want change, they can make it happen.

Don’t lie to  yourself and think your vote doesn’t matter. It does. If you haven’t already voted, get your ass to your polling place.  Thomas Jefferson said, “The government you elect is the government you deserve.” To that I would add, “If you don’t vote, you can’t complain.”

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