Thursday, November 3, 2011

You Got it Right, "Silent Cal"

"All the opportunity for self-government through the rule of the people depends upon one single factor. That is the ballot box... The people of our country are sovereign. If they do not vote they abdicate that sovereignty, and they may be entirely sure that if they relinquish it other forces will seize it, and if they fail to govern themselves some other power will rise up to govern them. The choice is always before them, whether they will be slaves or whether they will be free. The only way to be free is to exercise actively and energetically the privileges, and discharge faithfully the duties which make freedom. It is not to be secured by passive resistance. It is the result of energy and action... 
Persons who have the right to vote are trustees for the benefit of their country and their countrymen. They have no right to say they do not care. They must care! They have to right to say that whatever the result of the election they can get along. They must remember that their country and their countrymen 

cannot get along, 

cannot remain sound, 

cannot preserve its institutions,

cannot protect its citizens, 

cannot maintain its place in the world,

 unless those who have the right to vote do sustain and do guide the course of public affairs by the thoughtful exercise of that right on election day."

     ~ President Calvin Coolidge over the radio on November 3, 1924

Let us carefully consider who we choose to run our country this coming year. The coming generations will be forever affected by our decision. People perish for lack of knowledge, so study up!

1 comment:

  1. Great post Hannah! I must say I've been rather disappointed in "many" of the men running for the presidential elections. We all need to study well, because what and who we vote for could change everything...either for better or worse.
    Calvin Coolidge's speech was very interesting, thanks for sharing!