If you don't vote, you are part of the problem

If you don't vote, you are part of the problem

In 22 countries around the world it is illegal NOT to vote. Skipping out on your patriotic duty in Australia will cost you $20. I don't know if that's $20 Australian or U.S., but you can read more HERE.

In 1773 the Sons of Liberty boarded three British ships in Boston Harbor and dumped 342 crates of tea into the water. This became known as the Boston Tea Party and was answered with Draconian laws that became known as the Intolerable Acts.

At the core of the Sons' grievance was the ability of King George III to levy taxes on the colonies at will.

NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION. That was theme of the war with England to win independence and the right to elect our own leaders. That is why we celebrate July 4th as Independence Day.

There's more to it than fireworks, barbecues and mattress sales.

Representation. The American Revolution was fought to free the colonists from the rule of a monarch and allow them to elect representatives to govern in their interest.

Oust the monarch and elect representatives to govern in their interest.

That power is their legacy and our inheritance. It is our responsibility and our duty to exercise that right. Like muscles, if not exercised it will atrophy and die.

Colonists struggled and died for the right to vote (Revolutionary War, 1775-1783)

Women struggled and died for the right to vote (19th Amendment, 1920).

Black people struggled and died for the right to vote (Voters Rights Act of 1965).

The right to vote is both precious and perishable. Whoever you are, wherever you are, whomever you support: Please get out there and VOTE.

But remember:

One of our parties wants every American to vote. They want every American to have access to health care and educational opportunity.  They believe that we have a responsibility to following generations to protect the environment and the resources of our planet.  They believe that women should retain the dignity of being able to make their own medical decisions.

The other party only wants rich, white men to vote. Some have said that will defend their constituents against insurance companies denying coverage for preexisting conditions, but they are lying.  Every one of them has voted to abolish that protection. Every one of them.

They have made it harder for students to get loans and harder for them to pay them back. The old, white men who rule the other party and our government want to make medical decisions for women.

The other party has given their tacit endorsement to a president whose words embolden racism, Antisemitism, misogyny and those prone to irrational acts of violence.   They turn a blind eye to a president who embraces murderous dictators, rebukes America's allies, supplicates to Russian oligarchs and attacks our institutions and the 1st Amendment.

The leader of the other party is spending taxpayer money flying around the country spreading fear about a caravan of men, women and children whose only goal is to escape violence and poverty.

There are NO terrorists or gang members. That would be the President's cabinet.

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