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Almost 50 years ago, I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma,
Alabama, for the right to vote. I am not going to stand by and let
the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us. You must get
out there and push and pull and make America what America should be
for all of us. We must say to the Congress, Fix the Voting Rights Act!
Rep. John Lewis
My father once told me that American democracy is a people’s democracy
at heart, and that it therefore can be as great as the American people,
or as fallible. It depends on all of us. But our system is more fragile
than we know. To sustain it, we must always cherish the ideals on which
it was founded, remain vigilant against the dark forces that threaten
it, and actively engage in the process of making it work.
Real men vote because not bothering to vote reveals a kind of moral lethargy,
an unforgivable passivity, and an adolescent nihilism.
Those who seek to suppress voting today are either ignorant of the history
or are, as I suspect is more often the case, malevolently choosing to ignore
it. To suppress the vote is to make a mockery of democracy. And those who do
so are essentially acknowledging that their policies are unpopular. If you
can't convince a majority of voters that your ideas are worthy, you try to
limit the pool of voters. This reveals a certain irony: Many who are most
vocal in championing a free, open, and dynamic economy are the same political
factions that suppress these principles when it comes to the currency of ideas.
Dan Rather, What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism
There's no such thing as a vote that doesn't matter.
President Barack Obama
TO THE REPUBLICAN PARTY?
Former President Barack Obama returned to the spotlight on 09-07-18 and delivered
an aggressive rebuke to Trump and the Republican Party. President Obama gave the
speech at the University of Illinois where he received an award for ethics in
government. This was his second major address after remaining silent since leaving
the White House. President Obama said Trump capitalized on resentment and upheaval
in the country, and he reserved his harshest words for congressional Republicans,
whom he said were "abdicating their responsibilities" by failing to check Trump.
Part of the Speech: The greatest threat to American democracy is not Donald Trump,
Republicans in Congress, the Koch brothers, too much compromise from Democrats,
or Russian hacking — the greatest threat to American democracy is cynicism that
keeps Americans from participating in the democratic process. As a fellow
citizen, not as an ex-president but as a citizen, I'm here to deliver a simple
message, and that is that you need to vote because our democracy depends on it.
Just a glance at recent headlines should tell you that this moment really is
different. The stakes really are higher. The consequences of any of us sitting
on the sidelines are more dire.
President Barack Obama