Thursday, October 23, 2008

What for...I don't count...so why bother???

I'm sure some of you have said to yourself this, during election week. Ok so this is more for my women readers than my male readers. Men you have had the privilege of voting since the U.S. inception. Women have only had that right since 1920. Most of us still have grandparents who were alive during those years when their opinions were probably laughed at by men. So women, what's the deal? Those of you who wont go and vote...why wont you? You don't have time? You have your kids with you? I have other things to do? Well I didn't know this little tid bit of history and now I'm telling this story to you. I read this just a little while ago on cafemom.com.

"This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great Grandmothers, as they lived only 90 yrs 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 Burn, 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, smashing her head against an iron bed and knocking her out cold. Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thinking Lewis was dead, 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 on open pail. Their food -- all of it colorless slop -- was infested with worms. When of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her ot 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.

So refresh my memory. Some women won't vote this year because -- why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to work? Our vote doesn't matter? It's raining?

It is jarring to [know] Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institionalized. And it is inspiring to [know ] the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn't make her crazy. The doctor admonished the men: 'Courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.' ..... History is being made"

So what is your excuse again? Dont have time??? MAKE IT!, Have kids? TAKE THEM WITH YOU OR FIND A BABYSITTER FOR AN HOUR! The point is women, ladies...MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT!!! It DOES count!!! Do it for the women in the story. I mean make a conscious decision, I DONT GIVE A DAMN WHO YOU VOTE FOR JUST FREAKING VOTE! I hope I see you at the polls.

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