The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

November 5, 2012

Our View: Why wouldn't you vote?

JOPLIN, Mo. — There is great concern that Americans — some apathetic, other simply disenfranchised after a lengthy campaign — will stay home on Election Day. Sure, we can tell you why we think you should show up at the polls. But instead, we found some people far wiser than us to speak on our behalf:

“The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.”

— Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th U.S. president

“Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don’t vote.”

— William E. Simon, 63rd U.S. secretary of treasury

“Always vote on principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

— John Quincy Adams, 6th U.S. president

 

"Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors to bullets."

— Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. president

“To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible.”

— Rutherford B. Hayes, 19th U.S. president

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”

— John F. Kennedy, 35th U.S. president

 

“The future of this republic is in the hands of the American voter.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th U.S. president

“Those who stay away from the election think that one vote will do no good: ’Tis but one step more to think one vote will do no harm.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson, author

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves, and the only way they could do this is by not voting.”

— Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd U.S. president

Convinced yet? Then vote on Tuesday.

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  • Our View.jpg Our View: No need for No. 9

    “Shall the Missouri Constitution be amended so that the people shall be secure in their electronic communications and data from unreasonable searches and seizures as they are now likewise secure in their persons, homes, papers and effects?”

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  • Your View: ‘Right to Farm’ is wrong

    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

    July 29, 2014

  • Your View: No on Amendment 7

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

    July 29, 2014

  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

    July 29, 2014

  • Other Views Other Views: Symptom of bad policy

    The Obama administration continues to be surprised and shocked when its policies of good intentions suddenly meet the hard reality of unintended consequences.

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'

    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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