What is Americanism

By Evelyn “Granny” Painter

Ok, to me Americanism is the right to speak our feelings on a subject without being criticized for our opinion.

It is also the freedom to go to the church we wish, dress the way we feel comfortable, and vote the way we feel is the right way in our opinion.

April 2, 2019 is Election day for our State of Missouri.

Our duty as Americans is to go out and vote whenever possible.

If we do not use our privilege to vote, then we must keep quiet about how the election returns happen to turn out.

Some say that their one vote would not change anything, I beg to differ.

Here are some examples of how one vote did in fact, change things:

Every election held becomes more critical if each of us is to maintain our personal freedom; yet every election finds thousands of eligible citizens who do not vote.

The fact that all too many citizens do not vote is a tragedy, even more tragic is many who do not vote believe that their one vote does not matter.


1645: One vote gave Oliver Cromwell control of England

1649: One vote cause Charles I of England to be executed.

1776: One vote gave America the English Language instead of German.

1845: One vote brought Texas into the Union.

1868: One vote saved President Andrew Johnson from impeachment.

1876: One vote changes France from a monarchy to a Republic.

1876: One vote gave Rutherford B. Hayes the Presidency of the United States.

1923: One vote gave Adolf Hitler leadership of the Nazi Party.

1941: One vote saved selective service-just weeks before Pearl Harbor.

1948: Lyndon B. Johnson was elected to the U.S. Senate by less than one vote per precinct in the state of Texas. (He eventually became President of the United States and appointed Thurgood Marshall to the U.S. Supreme Court.)

1982: Governor James R. Thompson was reelected Governor of Illinois by less than one vote per precinct.

How important is one vote? Your vote? A wise man once said, “Liberty means responsibility-this is why most men dread it.” That wise man was John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961.

Do you dread it, or do you consider liberty your responsibility- to be preserved where it counts most, in the ballot box? Is one vote important? Yes! Your vote makes a difference and so do you.

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