liberal ["liberalis" L - suitable for a freeman, generous; "eleutheros" Gk - free] (adj) generous, open-minded, not subjugated to authoritarian domination; (n) one who believes in liberty, universal suffrage and the free exchange of ideas. elite ["eslire" Fr -- to choose fr.L "eligere" -- choose] (n) the choice part; best of a class; the socially superior part of society.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

On voting in America

Voting has become the sine qua non of American culture.

Once we were the land of freedom from religious persecution, then the hope of the huddled masses, the land of opportunity, the land of freedom and equality.

But now, we are left with the right to vote. All our civil liberties-- speech, free press, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly, habeus corpus-- depend on the fulfillment of the freedom to vote for our representatives.

The right to vote means

The right to have our vote counted;

The right to have confidence in a transparent and verifiable voting process;

The right to fairness in access to voting; and

The right to be educated and equipped to vote in our own best interest.

This is the biggest issue in America. Voting is the keystone of our culture. It is the defense of our freedom and the keystone of our civilization. It is the seed we must nourish for our communities to flourish.

It is the reason for us to organize, cooperate, educate ourselves and our children, plan together, stand against our foes and believe in the truth about our lives and our country.

Voting has to be the rallying flag of Democratic people all across our country.


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