Wednesday Words of Wisdom

1 May

When we were kids in the 60’s and 70’s, it was the time of Kennedy, Viet Nam, and Watergate. The draft was calling young men to serve their country at the tender age of eighteen, but not allowing them to vote in their country’s elections. I just turned 18 when the 26th Amendment was passed, and I was proud to have the privilege and honor to be given this right.

TODAY IN 1971: 26TH AMENDMENT GIVES 18-YEAR-OLDS THE RIGHT TO VOTE

“The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.”
– The Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

Some forty years later, I was still honored when I cast my ballot in our city of McKinney elections. Whether it be a national or local election, it is our right and our duty to vote.
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Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.
William E. Simon

This is a frightening statistic. More people vote in ‘American Idol’ than in any US election.
Rush Limbaugh

To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.
Louis L’Amour

So, if you don’t vote, don’t even think about complaining about government. You lost that right when you didn’t vote. It’s in your hands now!

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