Monday, November 3, 2008

No Excuses.... VOTE!!!

The message of this post is short and sweet.... VOTE!

You have absolutely no excuse not to. We so often forget that it is a PRIVILEDGE to vote. In so many other countries people are just now earning the right to vote and you find many of those people willing to walk DAYS to get to a place where they can cast their vote... and they are excited to do it! In many of these same countries, women still don't have the right to vote and there was a time in our country when we didn't have that right either. I think that we, as women, often take that for granted. We read in our history classes about women's suffrage and how we earned the right to vote...but, do you realize what some women endured to earn us that right? This is an excerpt from an email I received several months ago (I've already verified on that it's true :) :


Why Women Should Vote

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they lived only 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden's blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of 'obstructing sidewalk traffic.'

They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air. They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the 'Night of Terror' on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson's White House for the right to vote. For weeks, the women's only water came from an open pail. Their food--all of it colorless slop--was infested with worms.

When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.


And, we don't vote why???

I pray that we each pray about these votes we are going to cast tomorrow. Prayfully consider each candidate and each proposition and rest in the fact that

"Everyone must submit himself to governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God." Romans 13:1

God is in control. Regardless of whom our next President is or which propositions pass/fail, God is sovreign and He can bring good out of anything that we might initially see as bad. Apart from God, neither of these men can do anything, so why get stressed out, worked up or angry tomorrow??? Like Pastor Rick said yesterday, "I'm not counting on any politician to be my Savior."


Sara Warren said...

I couldn't have said it any better. Voting is such a priviledge! I already rocked the vote today! Thanks!

Marti said...

I just watched a movie today about the suffragists with Hilary Swank playing Alice Paul called Iron-Jawed Angels. Such a great movie.

Dana said...

I love Pastor Rick - that is a perfect quote to end with.