It's Only One Vote

posted by Bill Edwards -

change"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you." Not exactly a new concept.  Those of the words of Perecles who became ruler of Athens in 46 B. C. During his leadership he built the Acropolis and the Parthenon and led Athens' recapture of Delphi.  His words echo down through the centuries and the meaning could not be clearer: elected officials will do things there way and you're going to be affected like it or not.  So if you don't get involved and take time to get to the polls no need to complain when you don't like what the politicians decide.  

South Carolina just had a primary election and three weeks ago we here in Georgia had one too. Turnout was pathetic--as usual.  Why?  There's no excuse for not voting anymore when you can register at a gas pump these days and early voting starts about a month out.  So why don't we?  Have we become that complacent?  Education on the importance of voting should be taught at home but it should also be reiterated at school--it sure was when I was coming along.  In Civics we learned all about the various branches of government and how they function. We had social studies in the fourth and fifth grade where we learned about the American Revolution (and we were the good guys) and Patrick Henry's famous quote: "Give me liberty or give me death."

But with the "progressives" (i.e. Communists) began infiltrating our school systems, pulpits and media the "history" began to change. The "revised" history which taught that our Founding Fathers were a bunch of evil white men who owned slaves, stole land from the Indians (now known as "Native Americans") and our system is no better than anyone else's.  How bad it's gotten came home to me a few years ago when Jeff Foxworthy had a great TV show called Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader. Many a time I was embarrassed to find out I wasn't but the shocker came when a relatively-young contentent (looked to be somewhere in his mid-30s) got to the $150,000 level.  He'd just answered that question correctly when the next question was worth $250,000 on American History.  He had the option of hearing the question before he committed and guess what the question was?  "Who is famous for saying, 'Give me liberty or give me death?'"  My initial thought was, what an easy way to make another $100,000!  But instead, there was a blank look on his face and he took the option of "dropping out of school."  So even though he collected a check for $150 grand he missed out on at least another $100K because he didn't know the answer to one of the most famous quotes from the American Revolution that I learned in the fifth grade along with, "Taxation without representation is tyranny!"  He wouldn't have known that one either.

So when we have kids growing up for at least two, perhaps now three, generations who are taught that we are not unique, we are not exceptional--just ask Barry Sotoro--we stole this land, capitalism is no better--if not worse--than communism or any other "ism."  Perhaps they don't feel that voting was our most important obligation as a citizen.  Now we have officials and politicians in place, because we have neglected our obligation. who are allowing anyone who shows up at the polls to vote.  A cottage industry has sprouted up busing people to the poles and are told who to vote for (a Democrat) and when they finish there, they're taken across town to vote again.  And when some states, like Georgia, finally stood up and said, you can't vote without a photo ID, those in power went into full name-calling "You're A Racist" mode.  The left has played the "race card" so often they should have carpel-tunnel but it always seems to work.  We have to show a picture ID for darn near everything these days including getting on an airplane but even when our listeners win a prize here we are required to make sure that the real contest winner gets their prize and it could have been nothing more than a $20 book.  

And let's get over this attitude that "my vote doesn't count."  We've seen several top-running candidates just recently who were either defeated or squeaked by with only a few votes.  We are an English-speaking nation by ONE vote--otherwise it would have been German.  President Andrew Johnson missed being impeached by a single vote.  Yep, one vote counts.  So hail to the Greeks who years ago figured this out and warned us from the grave centuries ago.  Take the words of Plato: "Those who do not participate in the political process will, sooner or later, find themselves ruled by their inferiors."  Some things never change!                                                                                                                             

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