Skip to main content

View Diary: Open thread for night owls: National Voter Registration Day, happens Tuesday, Sept. 25 (135 comments)

Comment Preferences

  •  Were you around im the 60's? (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Lawrence, OLinda, laurnj, Meteor Blades

    People died trying to get the right to vote, for ALL Americans, during the Civil Rights movement.

    The Voting Rights Act wasn't signed until 1965.

    With all respect, you are incorrect.

    •  I was talking about the penchant... (0+ / 0-)

      ... for people saying those in the military are fighting and dying for We The People (right to vote, freedom of speech, etc.), not the Civil Rights movement.

      Yes, I was around in the '60s.  I was a senior in high school in 1963 when JFK was shot and The Beatles appeared on Ed Sullivan a little over two months later in 1964.

      In 1965 I was busy bringing forth life.

      Under the laws of the day, I couldn't vote until I was 21 - in 1967.  Growing up it was always assumed I'd register and vote when I was old enough, just like everyone else in the family and extended family, and the neighbors where we lived.  Voting was just one of those things one was expected to do as an adult (even in the face of tragedy one voted; on the way to the funeral of my mother's next-youngest brother in 1964, my parents stopped and voted before we drove out of town for the funeral - both my parents were Democrats).

      Most of the non-military marching, fighting and dying in the Civil Rights movement happened 1500-2000 miles south-southeast of me, so it's fair to say that people in the Civil Rights movement fought and died for many other people, but voter suppression did not affect my life directly since I grew up knowing I was expected to do my civic duty and vote when I became a legal adult.

      I know others grew up in areas where voter suppression was an issue and I respect their experiences for what it was.  It just so happens I never lived anywhere where it was an issue, so it's never been a part of my life experiences.

      Have a nice day.

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Mon Sep 24, 2012 at 03:48:57 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

  • Recommended (128)
  • Community (59)
  • 2016 (50)
  • Environment (39)
  • Elections (37)
  • Media (34)
  • Republicans (32)
  • Hillary Clinton (31)
  • Law (29)
  • Jeb Bush (29)
  • Culture (27)
  • Iraq (27)
  • Barack Obama (26)
  • Climate Change (25)
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (25)
  • Civil Rights (24)
  • Labor (20)
  • Economy (20)
  • LGBT (16)
  • Congress (15)
  • Click here for the mobile view of the site