Daddy, and I, come to you, a week before the 1st of 2 of the most important Election Cycles in the history of the United States of America, with an important message.
Don't end the American Moment.
The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.—Dwight D. Eisenhower
We read the paper, and watch the news, and can't help but wonder if too many of us are only good at enjoying the freedom living in the greatest nation the earth has ever seen affords us.
Here is something to think about:
According to statistics from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance... when looking at Election Turnout, country by country, in all elections, between 1945 and 1998...
The United States, the cradle of modern freedom, is ranked a pitifully disgraceful 114th!
THAT, all you happy people, is a FUCKING SHAME, and an utter disgrace!!
( To say it in any other way would be a sign of appeasement, and so we won't back down from the use of such a harsh word. )
The Brits, the nation whose Ass we kicked for the right to be free, were ranked 42nd ( 74.9% ).
In the 2000 Congressional Elections 46.6% voted, a 12 point increase from 1998.
In the 2000 Presidential Election 49.3% voted, measely 2 point increase from 1996.
No stats were available for 2002 and 2004, but all these numbers speak volumes.
After the 1992 Presidential Election turnout took a dramatic dive below 50%!
Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it.—Thomas Paine
If the people fail to vote, a government will be developed which is not their government…. The whole system of American Government rests on the ballot box. Unless citizens perform their duties there, such a system of government is doomed to failure.—Calvin Coolidge
The ignorance of one voter in a democracy impairs the security of all. —John F. Kennedy
Do teachers even mention these quotes ( And the others you will read here. ) in our schools today?