The whole “big and strong” thing (think Bob Schieffer’s mother) is the message that has stuck in my mind from this year’s round of presidential and vice-presidential debates. And since tomorrow is Election Day, my message is the same as that of Bob Schieffer’s mother: “Go vote. It makes you feel big and strong.”
For an excellent and eloquent reminder of why voting matters in our democracy–beyond the feel-good value–see “The American Promise,” a terrific blog entry from GoverningWorks. The entry presents a video excerpt and complete transcript of President Lyndon Johnson’s speech to Congress on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It’s powerful stuff.
So, go vote tomorrow, and be sure to check in again in two weeks for more from TFCB.
Full disclosure: GoverningWorks is an online commonplace book edited by my brother, who holds many degrees, including a Juris Doctor from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. His special interests are the law, governance, and matters of citizenship.