I was reading this afternoon, after watching the Kerry concession, and found this in an article by George Will:

Tuesday’s winner will not start from scratch but from where we are now, standing with the women of Bamiyan, Afghanistan. Back in Washington recently, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said those women were warned that Taliban remnants would attack polling places during the Oct. 9 elections. So the women performed the ritual bathing and said the prayers of those facing death. Then, rising at 3 a.m., they trekked an hour to wait in line for the polls to open at 7 a.m. In the province of Kunar an explosion 100 meters from a long line of waiting voters did not cause anyone to leave the line."

I know I'm not that brave. And, reading about these women, I wonder again just why Americans don't vote. They don't face the barriers of distance or fear of death.


Denise said…
That's exactly why they don't vote. They take the privilege for granted. The same reason people don't get involved in church so much anymore. History shows that the church grows the most when it is under oppression. The same goes for a country. The young people that the Democrats got registered didn't bother to go to the polls because they didn't feel like it was all that important. If they lost that privilege for a while, it would be a 180 degree turnaround.

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