Tuesday, October 28, 2014

ELECTION TUESDAY ~ 5 Reasons Your Vote Will Count

1. Who We Are
Patrick Henry: American Patriot, Revolutionary War  (March 23, 1775)
 I know not what course others may take, but as for me--give me liberty or give me death.
Eleanor Roosevelt:  First Lady to F.D. Roosevelt (32nd President of the USA) and United Nations' Human Rights Activist Great minds discuss ideas. Average minds discuss events. Small minds discuss people.

Identity.  Identity balances the Earth, am I not right? Move to another place and discover, perhaps for the first time, just what home means. By relocating elsewhere, you will begin to miss small things that were not so important before.  To make the point--when we vote, we express not only who we are now, but who our history has groomed us to become.  Our identity gives each of us a hope filled lock down on the reasonable future we expect to pass to those who follow behind us.

 2. Building for Economic Sustainability
 Magic Johnson: Entrepreneur and Former Los Angeles Lakers Player, Beverly Hills, California (On Diversity)
We have to make sure that the Apples and the Googles of the world get together with those who know what they are doing and who can make a difference, whether it's myself, or someone else. 
Governor Chris Christie, New Jersey (On Minimum Wage Increases)
I am tied of hearing about the minimum wage.  I really am.  I don't think there is a mother or father sitting around the table tonight in America saying, "You know, Honey...if our son or daughter could just make a higher minimum wage, all our dreams would be realized."

Dialogue. Dialogue is talking with and not at another.  We no longer can hide behind labels like The Private Sector  or  The Public Sector.  Our dialogue must begin to rely on the best from both worlds.  Business and government  cannot lose sight of  the old refrain: we are in this together.   When we close our poll booth's curtain, having a job matters. Having marginal income to invest in businesses that employ job seekers, matters as well.  Having a future to sustain our families, and their families' families is one of the more excellent reasons why we Americans must Never stop voting.

3. To Protect The Common Good
Our Bodies and Our Earth (Health Defined)
Some of the rulers of the old world kingdoms dined well, only to die of gout and other dis-eases that resulted from a too rich diet and a sedentary lifestyle.  When told that her people did not have bread to eat, Queen Marie Antoinette of France was said to have allegedly replied, "Let them eat cake!"

As for our bodies and our environment, cake time is over.  I have to wonder if we cleaned up our eating and exercise habits; and if we individually did away with our environmental pollution recklessness, just how healthier our Americana life would become. To engage such a climate change, we must first commit to rebuild our bodies and our planet from the inside out.  That being so, when we cast our Super Tuesday's Election Ballot, we will be voting simultaneously for the longevity of all the good we've inherited  from those who paved the way for us .

4.  Can We Vote Simply  Because We Are In This Together? 
John F.  Kennedy: 35th US President--Inaugural Address Excerpt--January 20, 1961
The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of poverty and all forms of human life, for which our forbears fought and are still at issue around the globe.

We do not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans--born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard bitter peace. proud of our  ancient heritage--and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of these human rights to which this nation has always been committed., today, at home, and around the world.

5.  This Is Our Country--Voting Maintains Our Momentum

   PW Dowdy's decades-old voting record extends from Georgia to California and then to Georgia again. Dowdy 'early voted' for this election on Friday, October 24.  In honor of that unknown soldier acknowledged in this video, she left the polls, pasting her Peach State Voter's Sticker to her black vest, where the sticker will remain until all of our ballots have been counted.  Join her!

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