“Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
“If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman
Red Room member Patricia Barbee writes about finding a box of ballots as a child that had been thrown into the river by white Southern racists. Her Cherokee mother warned her to keep quiet: as a "Colored" family, they could be killed if the local Klan learned that they knew what happened. Last week, we asked Red Roomers to blog about their experiences with voting.
A few posts stood out:
- The 1960s were a volatile time all over the world, but Ground Zero for many battles was the American South. Member Melissa Broadway vividly evokes how generation fought generation, race fought race, right fought left, and everyone had a stake in the right to vote. Read "Vote? ALWAYS!"
- Journalist and author Peter Delevett gives his newsroom persective on all the Election Days he's covered or just watched, from a Southeast Asia finding its way toward democracy in the '90s to the most current American elections. We learned something from "A Vote for Election Day."
- In just a few short paragraphs, member Jenn Lopez shows why a private ballot for each citizen is so important, especially if she's new to voting. Especially if she's a woman new to voting. Read "But I Don't Want to Show You Mine."
These bloggers will win books by Red Room authors:
- In Manufacturing Hysteria: A History of Scapegoating, Surveillance, and Secrecy in Modern America, Jay Feldman reports "(a) vital, engaging, and sometimes troubling story of modern America’s struggle to live up to its ideals."
- "With the sacred cows of American politics practically begging for someone to puncture their pomposity," Will Durst hits them in the funniest places in The All-American Sport of Bipartisan Bashing: Common Sense Rantings of a Raging Moderate.
- The hilarious I Am America (And So Can You!) "contains Stephen Colbert's most deeply held knee-jerk beliefs on The American Family, Race, Religion, Sex, Sports, and many more topics, conveniently arranged in chapter form."
You can see all the Election Day blog posts here. Each shows why voting can never be taken for granted, and I hope you'll find your favorites and leave a comment letting the blogger know what you liked. All of Red Room's past blog topics are here. Thanks as always for blogging!
–Huntington W. Sharp, Senior Editor, Red Room