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“Decisions are made by those who show up.” That’s not just a West Wing quote, it’s the damn truth. Why are people like the ones who tried to push through this bill in power? Because the people supporting them showed up and voted at the polls. Why is Wendy Davis in the Texas State Senate after defeating the Republican incumbent in 2008 and holding off a challenge from another conservative Republican in 2012? Because the voters in her district showed up and said, “This is who we want.”

“But my vote doesn’t count.” Bullshit. Each vote is a drop of water. One by itself doesn’t do much, but add it to other drops and the force can wear away mountains. Maybe not overnight, but you have to keep at it. You vote, and vote again and keep voting, even through defeat.

In 1920, state legislators in Tennessee became the thirty-sixth state to ratify the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted suffrage to women. If they hadn’t, there is a good chance the amendment would not have gotten that final vote elsewhere. After a deadlock of 48 to 48, the balance was tipped by a single vote, when Harry Burn, the youngest legislator present, went against the party line and shifted his vote to “Yea.”

A single vote and a single voice.

It matters. Hell, yes, your vote matters.


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wickedgillie
Jun. 26th, 2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
Amen.
missmurchison
Jun. 26th, 2013 02:40 pm (UTC)
Well said.
diebirchen
Jun. 26th, 2013 03:41 pm (UTC)
When I became old enough to vote, and I had to be 21 at that time, my father told me that it was my duty to vote each and every time. He said that good women had gone to jail to see that I had the right, which didn't happen till 1920. He said that if I didn't vote, I had no right to complain about anything that happened in the country, because clearly I didn't care enough to get off my backside and get to the polls. I vote. My candidate or position may not win, but I vote.
shipperx
Jun. 26th, 2013 03:55 pm (UTC)
True.
kallysten
Jun. 26th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
you know you may just have convinced me to get off my rear end and get US citizenship

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witch_wolf
Jun. 26th, 2013 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yesterday was the special election in MA - We had a very low turn out and Markey won but only by 10% - Gomez and his followers went out to vote - THe Dems didn't as much as they should have. People said, "what does it matter, Markey is going to win anyway." That's not the point is.

It's your freaking duty to vote to make sure that ALL our voices are heard. I get angry at those who don't vote because they are the cogs in the system
ayinhara
Jun. 26th, 2013 06:47 pm (UTC)
It may seem that voting is irrelevant, but that is far from the case.
gwynnega
Jun. 26th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
Yes.
stateless82
Jun. 26th, 2013 10:01 pm (UTC)
That story always gives me goosebumps. And what they did last night in Austin did too.

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