I recently read some startling statistics I'd like to share. During the past quarter century, no presidential election has been won by more than 10 million ballots cast. Yet every federal election during the same time period had at least 100 million people of voting age who did not bother to vote!
There are 545 men and women who enact every law, propose every budget and set every policy enforced on the citizens of the United States of America: one president, nine Supreme Court justices, 100 senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives. According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, our population is now more than 311 million people. That's 545 of them and 311 million of us. Can 311 million Americans ever hope to wrestle the power away from 545?
Almost a century ago, in Europe, a little corporal with a funny mustache began his rise to power. Not even a natural-born citizen of the nation he sought to lead, he nevertheless won the necessary elections and maneuvered his way to the position of chancellor, then declared himself fuhrer and outlawed all political parties except his National Socialist Democratic German Workers Party. He was a gifted orator and a skilled tactician who surrounded himself with a loyal inner circle.
Germany's population stood at 79.7 million people. Even at the height of its power in 1945, the Nazi political party boasted only 8.5 million members, so essentially 90 percent of Germans covered their eyes, closed their ears and allowed Adolf Hitler to lead his adopted nation to ruin.
This is 2012, not 1926! No political party has been banned (yet.) All the information needed to make intelligent choices in the upcoming election is available to each and every one of us. Educate yourself, get registered and vote! America is counting on you! Don't let her down!
May 12, at Grace Baptist Church, 161 N. SR 101, Tiffin, there will be a seminar on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights by constitutional attorney Krisanne Hall, a disabled U.S. Army veteran, mother, pastor's wife, author and patriot. Admission is free, but reservations must be made to insure a seat. There is a $5 fee for a box lunch (optional).