Freedom to Choose! … Choices in our Everyday Life

Saw a great blog online about “choices“…

Made me think about the choices that we make in our lives.  We all have the freedom of choice.  That’s the beauty of being an American.  You can choose your friends….you can choose who you want to hang out with…who to go to lunch with…who to go to dinner with…whether you want to be alone or with others… you can choose what color to wear today, what food you are going to eat or not eat…you can choose to go work out or sit at home and watch TV.

We all have the power of CHOICE.  God gives us that right and ability to choose between good and evil.

Great Grandmaster Kim says:  “You have the power in you.  What you do in your life is your personal choice.”

Here’s another area where we have the power to choose.

The election is coming up.  Are you registered to vote?  I recently read one of those internet emails that gets sent all over the place…this was about how the first women were treated as they fought for the right to vote.  Most people don’t know the history behind that historical moment when women were finally granted the right to vote…  I think if more women knew about it, they would feel more determined to vote.

(I have attached the story below…if you are interested in reading about it!)

This is moving. How quickly we forget, if we ever knew…

Why women should vote.

This is the story of our Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers; they only lived 90 years ago.

Remember, it was not until 1920 that women were granted the right to go to the polls and vote.

The women were innocent and defenseless, but they were jailed nonetheless for picketing the White House, carrying signs asking for the vote.

And by the end of the night, they were barely alive.

Forty prison guards wielding clubs and their warden’s blessing went on a rampage against the 33 women wrongly convicted of “obstructing sidewalk traffic.”  They beat Lucy Burns, chained her hands to the cell bars above her head and left her hanging for the night, bleeding and gasping for air.

They hurled Dora Lewis into a dark cell, smashed her head against an iron bed and knocked her out cold.  Her cellmate, Alice Cosu, thought Lewis was dead and suffered a heart attack. Additional affidavits describe the guards grabbing, dragging, beating, choking, slamming, pinching, twisting, and kicking the women.

Thus unfolded the “Night of Teror” on Nov. 15, 1917, when the warden at the Occoquan Workhouse in Virginia ordered his guards to teach a lesson to the suffragists imprisoned there because they dared to picket Woodrow Wilson’s White House for the right to vote.  For weeks, the women’s only water came from an open pail.  Their food – all of it colorless slop – was infested with worms.

So, refresh my memory. Some women won’t vote this year because – why, exactly?  We have carpool duties? We have to get to work? Our vote doesn’t matter? It’s raining?

Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege. Sometimes it was convenient.

“What would those women think of the way we use or don’t use our right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.”

HBO released a movie on DVD about that night of terror.  I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson and his cronies try to persuade a psychiatrist to declare Alice Paul insane so that she could be permanently institutionalized. And it is inspiring to watch the doctor refuse. Alice Paul was strong, he said, and brave. That didn’t make her crazy.

The doctor admonished the men: “courage in women is often mistaken for insanity.”

We need to get out an vote and use this right that was fought so hard for by these very courageous women. Whether you vote democratic, republican or independent party, remember to vote.

History is being made.


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