At The Core Of Being American



An awful picture from my iPhone, but a pretty important thought.

As someone who worked at Colonial Williamsburg and someone who has also been deeply interested in the stories behind the passing of the 19th Amendment, I behold the first Tuesday of every November as a sacred day. 

There is no singular act that makes us true Americans like voting does.  Voting is your right to be heard.  The right to representation is the cornerstone on which this nation was built. (Visit KD’s blog for another view)

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may treasure the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” ~ John Adams

An imperfect tool that has not always been afforded to every American, yet has always been the right for which many fought.


  15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Voting Rights (1870)     

Passed by Congress February 26, 1869, and ratified February 3, 1870, the 15th amendment granted African American men the right to vote.


The 19th Amendment ratified August 18, 1920. (Not even 100 years ago!!!!)

It doesn’t matter to me who you are voting for or what your views are…what does matter to me is that you exercise your right

and cast your vote!




2 thoughts on “At The Core Of Being American

  1. Amen! Our neighborhood has had a very active and sometimes hostile exchange of ideas going on in the past 2 or 3 months as the election has neared. We all have different signs in our front yards, but as you have so eloquently stated, regardless of our candidates, we need to all be thankful that we have the right to vote and that we care enough to debate the issues and the candidates.

    I listened to this before I went to vote and it made me cry…

    LOVE the Schoolhouse Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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