I get so tired of people who dare to lambaste those folks in authority in our country, yet refuse the one avenue we have to protest, change and give voice to our concerns — the right and privilege to vote.

The last I heard, it was still legal for all legal citizens of this nation to vote their conscience (or lack thereof). I hear such nonsense as “There’s nothing we can do about anything, so why bother?” or “I’m too spiritual to participate in a worldly process such as voting,” or how about the worst excuse of all, “What about the separation of church and state?” Well, what about it? What’s your excuse?

Our Constitution has provided us with this wonderful gift and, like anything else, if we refuse to use it, we may lose it someday.

Those of us who have been blessed to be born in this country, or those who have come here legally, need to wake up. We need to thank God every day for this country in spite of its shortcomings and moral challenges. This is one of the only avenues we have to change things in this country. I believe that the ultimate answer in this nation’s future lies in God’s grace and those who are thankful enough to stand up for righteousness with whatever means he has given us. I say, put down your protest signs and pick up your ballots.

As for voter fraud and corruption at the polls, all I can say to that is, are you ready to give an account for that? After all, we will all give and account some day for every unscrupulous act.

I say, wake up, America, and get your head on straight before it is too late.

Judy Chappell

Libertytown

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public-redux

"We need to thank God every day for this country..."

Some of us don't need to do that.

awteam2000

A person's right to peacefully protect, to air grievances without fear of retribution or censorship is fundamental part of our democracy. It’s addressed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, protecting free speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of assembly. Protesting is time-honored practice of publicly speaking out against perceived injustices and urging action. Change requires multiple steps. Yes vote. But also, peacefully protest to bring attention to wrong for change.

awteam2000

Closer to home. A jury found the former Republican Governor’s (Bob Erlich) aide guilty of election fraud over an automated phone message he authorized to suppress black voter turnout.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-crime-election-maryland/jury-finds-maryland-campaign-manager-guilty-of-election-fraud-idUSTRE7B525I20111206

DickD

aw, Religious leaders have just made a statement on Trump It sure will not help Trump, unless some of the hypocrites here fail to heed their religious leaders.

Jleftwich

At least vote in the local elections where government has more of an immediate impact.

sevenstones1000

Dear Judy, i is great country, people can “dare” to do all sorts of things. But to your point, the voter fraud that exists is in the form of voter suppression by the Republican Party, mostly in Red Southern states who fight to retain slavery 150 years ago and fought voting rights since then.


frazed

Pfft. If by voter "suppression" you mean requiring proof of LEGAL citizenship then we are proudly guilty. Real voter fraud is allowing people who have no constitutional right the privilege of participating in an election. THAT is democrats, not republicans.

FCPS-Principal

No, real voter fraud is what the Republicans were practicing in NC and GA to say the least, and still do.

awteam2000

Frased, in the 2018 midterms, a North Carolina Republican operative

was indicted in ballot fraud scandal which led to a new House election. Once the fraudulent actions were proven in court the Republican candidate who benefited, stepped down.



https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2019/2/18/18229711/north-carolina-election-fraud-leslie-mcrae-dowless-indictment

rikkitikkitavvi

2018 midterms? Mueller sat on his nothing burger report. Thus having an adverse effect on the election in favor of the dems. That is truly meddling with the elections. No Russian interference needed.

rikkitikkitavvi

vox.com?[lol] That site is as bad as all the other bend over backwards to tote water for the dems.

public-redux

Even Fox News is turning liberal. They reported the same thing. [scared]

public-redux

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/north-carolina-political-operative-faces-new-charges-in-ballot-fraud-investigation

rikkitikkitavvi

[thumbup][thumbup][thumbup] @frazed

gary4books

And how many cases can you document? It is an insignificant (by the numbers) problem.

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frazed

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FCPS-Principal

Republican voter suppression isn't to retain slavery; it is just to keep blacks and Hispanic citizens from voting.

frazed

If you can cite one single instance where an African-American or a Latino who had the LEGAL right to vote and were suppressed, I'll consider your argument. You can't so I will consider your argument as I do all of your other comments, banal at best.

phydeaux994

I will if you can cite one single instance where an African-American or a Latino that DID NOT HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO VOTE was allowed to vote in a National Election, I will consider your argument. You can't so I will consider your argument as I do all of your other comments, anal at best. Additionally, read awteam 1:37 a.m. and public-redux 12:08 p.m. that proves you need to consider FCPS-Principal’s argument.

olefool

Read this frazed, then get on down and register democrat and help us to stop all the black voter suppression schemes... Remember, you said you'd cooperate when proved wrong.. https://newrepublic.com/article/151858/americas-relentless-suppression-black-voters

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Thewheelone

"...the democratic party is indeed the party of slavery." That's a bad argument that holds little substantial water, Rikki. Correct, the antebellum south, Civil War and reconstruction Democrats supported slavery, but that party was controlled by a relative handful rich landowners who believed that slave labor would keep their way of life in tact. And yes, republicans in the other areas supported slavery for the agricultural production benefits that came from slave holding areas. That Democratic party had few or no progressive ideas and did not resemble the party of today in any form. When republican Barry Goldwater was a senator, he voted against civil rights legislation and his run for president caused most African Americans to abandon the republican party at that time. What you say here is misleading history; the democrats shifted gears when LBJ supported civil rights legislation and the republicans were against it.

gabrielshorn2013

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Thewheelone

Sorry Rikki, that is not a statement he made that can be substantiated. It has been used already and there was even a You Tube of him saying it that was faked, so they took it off. You can find other instances of him using that N word. One guy said he heard him say it while together on Air Force One (Snopes) but it was never corroborated. More fake news from the right side of the aisle

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rikkitikkitavvi

I'm concerned about both. Why are you not? You don't get to cherry pick. Nor do I

DickD

Good LTE. The writer says by the Grace of God. I say vote no matter what your religious beliefs.

public-redux

Voting is incompatible with some people's religious beliefs.

DickD

SMH, Gladys, how is voting religious?

public-redux

Did someone say voting was religious? I sure didn’t. I pointed out that voting is incompatible with some religious beliefs. Christians, actually. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not commonly advocate for their beliefs in the political arena. The denomination holds that its members should remain politically neutral and abstain from voting or participating in “any action to change governments.”

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