In America, we are having a valued day that provides the opportunity for all legal citizens to cast their votes for the folks they believe will provide the services, and policies, and laws to preserve and enhance the well-being of this fine republic of America.  It is a time of great personal pondering that should go well beyond ourselves and consider the present and future of our nation.

With a serious self-pondering on this late night, I have decided to insert my position on this matter and why.  It is not to embellish myself.  On the contrary.  Rather, to motivate you to dwell into yourself what value your responsibility is.

I was 18 years old.  Due to the fatalities with my brigade, as a covert coalition battalion in  Laos and Vietnam, in 1964, I was put in charge of a company of young men to guard a section of polling places in Laos.  It was a futile effort to install the concept of democracy in the region.

On this assignment, I witnessed men and women journey in the night, hide from those opposed to this effort, and risk their lives simply to vote.  I saw more people laying dead than were able to arrive alive and vote.  The conflicts we were involved in are not to be mentioned here.  Of the 52 young men of my company, only 18 were able to return alive.

At 18 years of age, I was responsible for writing letters to 34 families to explain the deaths of their sons.  Of course, this was all censored or disregarded by the folks ‘in charge’.

So, if you think for a minute, your vote means nothing or take it for granted, think again.  As far as I am concerned, if you do not vote, and vote for the Republic, not just your selfishness, you are not worthy of being a citizen of this great experiment of real freedom.

Clay  (The Universal Infidel)

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