As if those that fight for us to'keep' that one very 'important' right we have, the right to vote, did the same and left one of theirs behind.
The only difference is, those that protect this basic right for us civilians, 'would' die so as 'not' to leave even 'one' of theirs behind.
|Those that wear these boots, deserve better.|
We 'must' do 'our' Part
I had been writing about my dog/best friend Bugg, recipes of all sorts, mine and my brother's illnesses and our life growing up with an alcoholic dad. The last thing most (at the site I 'was' writing on) thought that would come out of me was anything political.
Yes maybe in a comment geared towards a fellow writer on a article they had written but, me, this nice southern lady and from Alabama of all places, could not go and do something that would take some kind of intelligence to get it done. I proved those at this site wrong, when I actually exposed Barry & Co. as the liars they are with only facts, not MSM (not even Fox News folks:) but, by using government documents and this administration's own pie holes.
I had an election to try and win for our country and my fellow citizens, I had so much material to expose (didn't even get a iota out) and so little time. I honestly thought I was doing my job and then one morning while watching Varney & Co. on Fox Business Net Work. One of his guest Eric Eversole's (Exec. of Military Voter Protection Project) comments on how hard it was for those in the Armed Forces and their spouses overseas were able to vote and how few ballots even counted once received in the U.S., it just smacked me in the face.
I mean, how could I even live with myself if I was going to be able to go out my door, down the street and vote while those that keep that right for me and others across this world, might not be able too vote. I halted the political bashing of this inept administration to put out a important (to me, should be to you also) article so maybe it might hit just one person not knowing how to get ballot, to be able to get a ballot. I don't know if my article helped one person but, at least I did try.
This was the problem...
I didn't publish this article until October 6, 2012. Just imagine if I and others like me (that write on line) had also posted a road map for those that serve in many capacities for the Untied States of America overseas months before, we might have actually of made a difference, or not. At least we could say we did something about it, right?
I was born in a group that picked me and I have always been so grateful that it did, Air Force brat. I was born in the United States, only to be landing in Okinawa by the time I was 6 months old, back in 1964. I have met a lot of good people throughout my life that have, are or will serve our country in the Armed Forces.
I have the up most respect for their courage to do what I would not be able to do myself, I admit it. I am so grateful for all that these men and women have, do and will do for our country.
One man that touched my heart very deeply was my father-in-law Gene (USMC tyvm) and as you can see, he holds the tallest platform in my home and rightly so. Gene served through WWII, pacific arena, with me having lived in Guam (72-77) that made it so we had a connection that most in the family did not. As I was doing my research for my latest 'attack' this administration article and as I sat in my living room I looked up, so as to ask Gene what do I do to save this country you loved.
Then I noticed the only photograph I have of my father-in-law in uniform, the photograph and frame has seen some wear, as the picture was melded to the glass. I have no idea how to fix it and I feel so ashamed that I am allowing one of my hero's to be displayed like this. Then I looked at his eyes and remembering what Eric Eversole had to say that morning and this is what I thought...
As ashamed as I was over this photograph, it did not match the shame I felt that I was 'not' doing all I could to help 'his' brothers and sisters in arms. I started to put my article together that night, I could feel Gene looking down from heaven, my way and giving me an 'atta' girl, with each word I typed.
They Too 'serve' Kind of
I saw Mama and other wives do courageous things, admirable things and still be there to tuck us kids in at night, all for their country.
These military spouses gave during times of war and no pay was sent their way. The times we lived overseas were from 1964-1968 (Okinawa) and during the years of 1971-1977 (Guam) were not always fun in the sun.
I feel those that support (husband/wives/kids) those that fight for us, should be given the right to cast their vote for those that will have a say in our government, it be local or federal.
I know being a young girl living in Guam when 'The Fall of Saigon' happened in 1975, it affected us kids and adults, as this little island we all made home was over crowded, in a instance it seems. I saw as 'every' man, women and at times child did all we could to help others to gain their freedom, even though some passed away, a lot did make it to feel freedom for the first time..
At the age of eleven years old, my world and my mindset on life changed after one moment in time. When a a South Vietnamese woman thanked me for saving her and her family. I did say 'after' that one moment, why me? It had taken a bit for it all to sink in, I went home and contemplated it for awhile.
Why me, why did she thank me, kept running through my head. I then got it, it was because she was thanking my country and those that did the work to give her the chance of having freedom for the first time in her life. I was so proud of those that wore uniforms that day, those I never really paid attention to coming and going for years, I then got it. I also have so much admiration for those that stood by them (the wives of those living on Base, including Mama) during these hard times in our lives and it has not changed to this day.
We are 'not' on the front lines 'by no means' but at times, we do see more than most. Do the families deserve the right to vote, they do tag along, I feel they have earned it, do you?
They Can 'not' do it All
Those of us that live/lived around any military installation will know it takes more than just our troops to keep things rolling. Our troops are trained to fight and crabgrass is not their enemy. So we do need those that will take these jobs, so our troops will be able to do their job.
These men and women do many jobs and those that serve know just how valuable they are, do you?
We also have embassies around the world and they too must be staffed with non-military citizens, I feel they also do their part for their country and deserve to be able to cast their ballots on election day.
These people that help keep the American government around the world functioning also deserve the right to be able to vote.
Pelosi at 'her' best, Sadly
|Pin the tail on Pelosi|
Did I start right at that bill, of course not, I always like to know where something starts, to understand the process and reasoning of why it was done in the first place. We needed to revamp our system, in a nutshell but, it would take jumping a few hurdles, to get the job done.
The Military Voting Protection act (S.3073.IS 2008) was introduced on the senate floor and passed, unanimously May 22, 2008.
Then the bill was passed to those on Speaker Pelosi's watch and this is the path it had taken in '2008'...
5/22/2008: Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S4805)
5/22/2008: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration.
10/1/2008: Senate Committee on Rules and Administration discharged by Unanimous Consent.
Why was she not asked about this in 2008: Madame Speaker (Pelosi), why was this bill held up in committee and 'never' brought to the floor for a vote in the house of Representatives?
It did 'finally' Pass in 2009 (now the MOVE act), a coincidence, beats me but, I would not put it past this women to make sure she lessened the republicans voting in 2008, I am just saying
1 in Congress Cares
The Honorable Eric Holder
Apparently We 'still' have Problems
Since Ms. Wertz was informing those at the NASS meeting how they can get a waiver for their state, then maybe 'We the People' should get it done, as my son always says "Do the work son!". Get in touch with your state's Secretary of State and make sure they have done all they can do to implement this law.
If you are able, ask if they need volunteers to get the job done. If we Americans have not yet learned by now that we too must pull some of the weight at times to get things done, then this is not the America I love.
If you can't volunteer I understand, at least let your voice be heard loud and clear to your state's Secretary of State, Senators, Representative, Obama, Eric Holder, you know those that work for us, that you will not stand for this.
No Waiver for us!
Demand that your state 'is' in compliance with the M.O.V.E ACT.
|Was this once 'your' child|
Secretary of State for Alabama: Beth Chapman
I have just started this blog so I only have one article to link this one to and I find it quite interesting, our government at work...
Operation 'Syria Down': Libya 'is' the 'Biden Plan' ?
My non-Political Blog
The boots that I showcased at the top of this article belong to a man named Alan Dulin, SPC, U.S. Army. These boots have endured two tours, Operation Iraq freedom and Operation New Dawn.
Mrs. Dulin welcoming her husband back from his second tour and we are so relieved he made it back to his beautiful wife. Alan was back home for the 2012 election so he had no trouble voting but, a lot of his brothers and sisters were not given the chance.
Are we just going to sit back and allow this to happen once again, the answer (once again), belongs to all of us American citizens.
For more information on how to vote if you are in the military go to: www.heroesvote.org
Eric Eversole's website is well worth your time: mvpproject.org
All photographs are the property of Denise O. Do not use unless you get 'my' written permission. All written material is owned by Denise O, it will not be 'used' (sharing my article is different and acceptable) without 'my' written permission. Just keeping it real folks.:)