29 January 2005

History In The Making?

Every 4 years on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in the month of November, millions of Americans go out to a polling center to decide who will lead our country for a 4 year term. Most of us take that for granted. Today, Iraq holds it's first democratically held elections in over 50 years. Will they be as complacent to their responsibility as we are? I hope not. Actually, I'd like to see Iraq teach us something. Voting is not only a privilege, but a responsibility. I hope, that those Americans who choose not to vote, see how precious of a right it is. There are people in Iraq literally facing a possibility of death just to put an x in a box on a sheet of paper. Death! Can you imagine? What would it be like if you had to face that possibility? On that November morning, when you go to the local elementary school or fire hall, someone on a street corner with an automatic rifle trying to discourage you from placing your x. Would you go through with it? That's exactly what's happening today in Iraq. There were 122,293,720 votes cast in the 2004 Presidential election. That's 60.0% of total eligible voters. That means 40% stayed home. I'm willing to bet that Iraq's numbers are better. And we don't have anyone with a gun trying to discourage us. http://www.blogsforbush.com


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