Metroblog

A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

24 September 2008

Hey, As Long as You're off to The Nag's Anyway--

Read this post:
Thus unfolded the ‘Night of Terror’ on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote. The women were innocent and defenseless. And by the end of the night they were barely alive. Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of ‘obstructing sidewalk traffic.’

[. . .]
For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail. Their food–all of it colorless slop–was infested with worms. When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won’t vote this year because–why, exactly? We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?
I have one thing to add here.

One could replace the word "women" in this post with "Iranians." With "Chinese." Or indeed with just about any ethnicity, race, creed, citizenship, or colour.

Vote. For the sake of those who cannot vote for themselves. If you squander this right, neglect this duty, then you might as well move to Putin's Russia.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

3 Comments:

At 1:26 PM, Blogger Pugs said...

I like that you aren't shoving Fauxbama down my throat on this one and I agree. If you don't vote you really are part of the problem.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Metro said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

 
At 4:07 PM, Blogger Metro said...

Well I think you should vote for Obama, and I quite honestly don't understand why McCain/Palin is a valid choice.

However, we have the right to disagree on this, and, as far as I'm concerned, the duty to vote in our respective elections.

So as long as you vote your choice, I see it as good.

If you vote for McCain I'll think you're nuts, but so what?

 

Post a Comment

<< Home