Posts Tagged ‘election’

Yes Women You Need to Vote! And this Household 6 will tell you why!


When I moved to our current location, I was talking with my neighbor one day about the war and whether or not we should be in Iraq.  She became very opinionated about her views.  The conversation turned to the current election and she admitted to me that she has never voted.  Whenever I hear that someone hasn’t voted, especially a woman, it really gets me fired up.  As a military wife, I have a choice in who my husband’s commander is and as a woman, I don’t want to not exercise my right that so many women fought for!  For some reason, we are just not taught about how hard it was for women to get the right to vote.  People take this right for granted — especially women!

Most of us have heard about Susan B. Anthony, but how many of you know Elizabeth Cady Stanton and LucertiaMott?  Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucertia Mott were leaders in securing women’s right to vote starting in 1848.  Four years later, Susan B. Anthony joined their cause.  Most people think that the women’s suffrage movement was just about the right to vote, but it went way beyond that.  Stanton and Mott were also abolitionistsand after the Civil War, worked with other women’s issues that included property rights, parental and custody rights, employment and income rights, divorce laws economic healthof the family and birth control.

It was not that long ago that women were deemed property; either of their father or husband.  We could not own property, divorce was only something a man could do, our children could be taken away and birth control was illegal (they weren’t even able to talk about the “rhythm method”).  And because of the women I mentioned above and many others like them, we have many rights that women before us did not have.  These women protested, were arrested, beaten and some even died for the women’s suffragemovement.  Now while Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucertia Mott, and Susan B. Anthony did not live to see the ratification of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote, they would be the first in line on election day.  We have many reasons to thanks these ladies.  Every time we get a paycheck that is same as our male counterpart, attend college with the men, use birth control, etc. we need to thank them.

And there is not better way to thank these women then by VOTING!!!!  So please register and VOTE!!!!!  Do this for the women that came before you and the daughters you have or may have.  Please do not take this right for granted.

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Presidential Election 2008 – Just a Few More Thoughts from this Army Wife


I really LOVE the political process.  Not politics, but the whole process on how we choose our government officials.  I get all excited by upcoming elections!!!  (Or it could be that since my husband is gone and I need something to occupy my mind! LOL)  So between Sarah Palin’s speech last night and anticipating John McCain’s speech tonight, I am all fired up!!!!  (And just so you know, I felt the same way with Obama and Biden’s speeches.)

Last night was amazing!  First off, yes, I am excited because McCain’s running mate is a woman.  How could I not be!  It’s an amazing thing being that she is only the second woman ever choosen to be a Vice Presidential candidate and the first for the GOP.  That aside, Gov. Palin is an amazing orator.  She had her audiences attention and no one could take their eyes off of her.  She got the crowd fired up and they believed everything she said.  A reporter asked one of the delegates that was unsure of McCain’s pick of running mates, what he thought after the speech was done.  His reaction reminded me of Cuba Gooding, Jr when he won the Oscar.  I was waiting for him to do a handstand!  And Palin’s speech reassured him that McCain’s choice was the right one.

So far, out of all of the presidential and vice presidential candidates, Palin was, by far, the best speaker.  Each in their own way grabbed the attention of the crowd, but there was something about Palin that kept my attention.  Now tonight, it’s John McCain’s turn.  And from what I’ve seen between McCain and Obama, Obama is the better speaker.  I think that McCain really needs to step up to the plate tonight and make us know that he is the best/better candidate.

And remember!  Don’t forget to register and to vote!!!!!  www.rockthevote.com

2008 Presidential Election – Just a few thought from this Army Wife!


Let me start this by saying, I have no party affiliation.  I used to be a registered Democrat, but after the fiasco that Bill Clinton caused with his sexual liaisons in the oval office, I lost faith in the DNC in choosing the best person for the job.  So as of now, I am an independent and choose for vote for the person and not the party.  So remember that this post is my opinion and I don’t need to be bashed for that.  It’s how I feel and over the years my feelings and views change due to my open-mindedness and I do not feel that one candidate is the perfect choice, just that one is a better choice.

During the last presidential election in 2004, I was at home visiting my parents with my family and we were stopped by friends of my parents in a restaurant.  We chatted for a bit and they said, “I guess you will be voting for Kerry!”  I looked at them and said, “No Way!”  They said, “But John Kerry will stop the war”.  They just seemed to believe because one of the candidates says they are going to stop the war means that I would vote for them because my husband is a soldier.  The thing is that not matter who the candidate is, they are all making campaign “promises”.  It’s just that, a promise.  And promises can be broken. 

I think back to the 1988 election between George H. W. Bush and Michael Dukasis.  Bush’s famous line at the Republican National Convention, “Read my lips.  No new taxes.”, and his later reversal on this matter, opened the door for the Democrats to win the next election, in 1992, which put Bill Clinton into office.  Clinton promised better health care and he couldn’t get the Congress to make it work.  And while our current president is “blamed” for the situation our military is in, it was Bill Clinton’s administration that had information on Osama bin Laden after the first attack on the World Trade Center and then continued to cut the budget for counter-intelligence in the government and the military.  George W. Bush now has problems with the economy and what did he do wrong.  Each president goes into this job like many of us with a new; bright ideas and ready to make change.  Then reality hits — it’s a hard job, things happen and deals need to be made.

So as we get ready to elect our next president, weigh the pros and cons of each issue and vote for who you think will do the best for our country.  Don’t get so wrapped up in the political party that you can’t see the forrest for the trees.  Each candidate has something to bring to the table.  Now it’s our time to decide just what we want to eat. 

Tonight I will listen as Barack Obama takes the stage to accept a historic nomination.  Then, next week, I will listen to John McCain’s acceptence speech.  After that, we will see.

Regardless of who you want to see in the White House, I urge you to register and vote.  It’s a right that not all human being have.  It’s a right that men like my husband died to give us in America.  And if you are a woman, a right that we have not even had for 100 years!

www.rockthevote.org — to register to vote!