Do you recall your grade school classroom?
- Since I am sending this to people of varying ages there will be a
variety of memories. Regardless of classroom size, wether we had
hot water radiators or central heating, some things were the same
everywhere. We all learned the same multiplication tables and we
were taught the central hallmark of our democracy was the right and
responsibility to vote. DO NOT STOP READING HERE. I will not argue
how to vote. I just implore each of your to read the following
short paragraphs and and then try to say as you look in the
mirror "my vote doesn't matter." If you feel it does matter, then
send this to others in your address book and lets have an electoral
turnout John Adams would be proud of!
One morning in 1844, a grain miller from DeKalb County, Indiana, was
walking toward his mill. It was Election Day, but he had work to do
and did not intend to vote. Before he reached the mill, however, he
was stopped by friends who persuaded him to go to the polls. As it
happened, the candidate for whom he voted won a seat in the state
legislature-by a margin of one vote.
Now, when the Indiana Legislature convened, the man elected from
DeKalb cast the deciding vote that sent Edward Allen Hennegan to the
United States Senate. Then, in the Senate, when the question of
statehood for Texas came up, there was a tie vote. But who do you
suppose was presiding as president pro tempore? Hennegan. He cast
the deciding vote from the chair. So, Texas was admitted to the
union because a miller in DeKalb County, Indiana, went 10 minutes
out of his way to cast...one vote.
More? Thomas Jefferson was elected president by one vote in the
Electoral College. So was John Quincy Adams. One vote gave
statehood to California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas and Washington. The
Draft Act of World War II passed the House by one vote.
Edmund Burke said it another way: "All that is necessary for the
forces of evil to win in this world is for enough good men to do
> the deciding vote from the chair. So, Texas was admitted to theIf Texas was not admitted to the union, we would not have LBJ and
> union because a miller in DeKalb County, Indiana, went 10 minutes
> out of his way to cast...one vote.
GWB. I don't know whether that's a good thing or not. But Greg would
probably not be posting here either. So that's bad.
- Hmm. If Texas weren't in the union it's very likely I wouldn't have
been born. But GWB was, I'm pretty sure, born in Conneticut. So he
might still have existed even if Texas weren't in the union. He
would've had quite a different life though.
> If Texas was not admitted to the union, we would not have LBJ and
> GWB. I don't know whether that's a good thing or not. But Greg would
> probably not be posting here either. So that's bad.