Sometimes I get just plain disappointed
In the newspaper business we accept the
fact that people are going to come to us with complaints about a
variety of things ranging from politics, the service they got at a
local business, or someone's name left out of a story. We take it
in stride and try to satisfy them as best we can or allow them to use
the newspaper as their voice to complain about the way government
works -- or not.
On November 6, Americans will have the
opportunity to vote in one of the most important and historic
elections in the history of this country. The policies of the
Democratic Party and Republican Party are so far apart; we will see
our nation change for the better or possibly have it fall into a hole
it can never climb out of.
What will the majority of Americans do? THEY WILL NOT VOTE! That's right, more people will fail to go to
the polls and vote than those who will exercise this most important
freedom. That is sad and it is very dangerous when you consider the
future of this nation.
People who wanted freedom in the
strictest sense founded this nation and they formed a government that
was tolerant and inviting to everyone who wanted that freedom.
Millions have died for that great idea over the last 250 years.
We are all descendants of immigrants
but today some want to tell those who believe our forefathers, they
are not welcome. Most people do not realize our government makes it
so difficult and expensive to become a citizen, millions give up
because they cannot make enough money to live and cover the thousands
it, cost to apply.
The quote on the Statue of Liberty
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe
The wretched refuse of your teeming
Send these, the homeless,
tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Foremost on the minds of our founders
was the freedom to practice their religion. Now, there are those who
would say only some religions are welcome. That is not what we, as
Americans, are about! Don't wave the flag and call yourself a
patriot if you want to exclude some religions because they do not
believe the same as you.
The list of issues, important to this
election, are many. The question is, "Are they going to be decided
by a minority of qualified voting Americans; or, are a majority of
registered voters going to care enough to get out of the recliner and
be a part of what makes this nation great?"
In the movie, All The King's Men,
Willie Stark said, "If you don't vote, you don't count."