You may have noticed that I’ve been unusually quiet lately.
In fact, I’ve hardly told you to get your but out to vote at all.
It’s not that I don’t care; I do. Deeply. Elections Matter.
So here I am. I’m not too late, am I?
In trying to figure out what to say, I did a little research, and found a wonderful article (thanks, Google) entitled:
Voting Rights History
Two Centuries of Struggle
By Bruce Hartford
It summarizes the struggles that different groups went through to get the right that so many people foolishly throw away. The right that many people died for.
Folks 18-21 (who could fight, but couldn’t vote)
If you pay any attention to the news, you know that the GOP has been very successful in limiting voting, in cutting the access to the polls. How? By requiring a government-issued photo ID (my favorite — in Texas a permit to carry a concealed weapon is acceptable but a student ID is not; by preventing early voting; by culling voter lists; by sending out confusing information on voting. All sorts of ways.
Go Vote! People died for that right.
[Thanks to Father Kane at The Last of the Millennials for both the video and the image.]