Scott Arens | Scott@arenscp.com
VOTE and then vote again! Now that I have your attention (vote twice?), voting is my focus this week and should be your plan for next Tuesday for the Direct Primary Election. The “voting again” is of course tongue in cheek and highly unethical. Yet, voting twice is of small concern compared to just getting out and voting. Don’t tell me that you are too busy or that your vote is too insignificant to be of any meaning. To quote those in my inner circle: That is just “crazy talk” as my wife would say or “cra cra” as the Girls put it. I’ll just tell you that it’s a lame excuse!
Decoration Day came about in the years shortly after the Civil War. It was designated to honor those who gave their life’s in the service of our Country. Many more would also give the ultimate sacrifice in the wars following. It would be renamed Memorial Day in 1971 and become an American holiday honoring those that have died to defend rights and privileges for their countrymen; thus this past Monday. What would they think about you not voting?
Our Constitution did not originally define who was eligible to vote (1789). Of course, that would be up to each state to determine; the United States being founded on the right for representation. The 1st voting rights were extending to land owner’s. Manipulations of this by the few made it necessary to secure the rights of the many with four constitutional amendments. The 15th Amendment (1870) extended the vote to all “Race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The 19th (1920) granted the right of women to vote. In 1964, the 24th Amendment outlawed “poll taxes.” The 26th (1971) set the legal age to vote at 18. Blood, sweat, and tears were the foundation for these amendments. How would they feel about you not voting?
Today, we face our own issues of concern; here are a few of mine. We have too many career politicians. I have voted on numerous ballots for term limits over the years and I will continue to until these laws are respected and honored by our so-called leaders. I have seen the negative effects of marijuana on users and their families as well as the consequences of legalization in recent years. Legalized marijuana will further degrade our society. Speaking of better society, State of Jefferson has my support. What should we do? Start by going and casting your vote! Thank you for reading me here in the Pioneer Review. Please leave your comments at Scott@arenscp.com ■