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Sunday, November 05, 2006

VOTE TUESDAY TO MAKE AMERICA THE BEST THAT IT CAN BE!!!


VOTE NOVEMBER 7TH FOR YOUR CHOICES!

EVERY VOTE COUNTS!

EVERY VOTE MAKES A DIFFERENCE!



If you read the Iconoclast regularly or once in a while, there is an excellent chance that you will need no reminder that Tuesday is Election Day.

You will march right down to the appointed polling place and participate in the Great American experiment in democracy.

Democracy... What does that really mean?

Chances are... you will vote not just because it is a right, but because it is a duty to all your fellow Americans, a duty to your community, a duty to your nation.

You will also vote because it is an expression of hope and anticipation that the American experiment in democracy will continue to evolve into a more perfect model of government.

Admittedly, some may be voting with the thought to “throw the current rascals out” and to bring in some new ones…

I mean to say … bring in some new leaders… not new rascals.

Whatever…

Whatever your party affiliation (or not), Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Independent, Communist, Green, etc., voting should be taken seriously by all Americans who are eligible to vote. Voting is an easy way for every little voice to be heard... to count... to make a difference in our home communities and across the nation.

Unfortunately, too many eligible voters choose to stay at home and let others decide their political fate on a whole variety of issues... national security, health care, social security, taxes, education, community quality of life, transportion, etc... you name it.

Even in the last hotly contested 2004 Presidential Elections, only about 61 percent of eligible voters turned out to cast a vote. The other 39 percent failed to show up for what ever reasons. Some may have had a plausible excuse. No car to get to the polls; no cab fair; in the hospital in a coma; had to take the cat to the vet. Unfortunately, too many just stayed home watching cartoons on the boob tube or some other nonsense.

More voter turnout statistics from the 2004 general elections can be seen by clicking on this link.

If nothing else seems to get you too excited about putting forth the effort to vote, just remember that one of the most important reasons to vote is that a lot of Americans have fought, bled and died for the principles of democracy and so that you will have the right to vote.

And too, Americans have fought, bled and died so that others in all parts of the world can enjoy freedom and democracy.

How many Americans have bled and died? Too many to be sure… You can see the numbers here.

So, on Tuesday November 7th, get out and exercise your right to vote. Do your part to make the Great American experiment in democracy a more perfect model. And after you have voted, be proud that you have done something important.

5 Comments:

  • At 11/06/2006 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    This election could be the biggest election since 1994 for change.

     
  • At 11/08/2006 9:19 AM, Anonymous blinkie said…

    Kind of looks like Allen's journey to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue may have taken a detour. A real long detour ; )

     
  • At 11/09/2006 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yep, Allen's elevator ride down since August was pretty spectacular.

     
  • At 11/09/2006 4:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Those gosh darn macaccas! I didn't know they had the vote.

     
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