Rise up and vote on June 5
Orange County has been abuzz over the musical “Hamilton,” which recently concluded its sold-out run. Who could have imagined a younger generation so engaged in learning, singing, and rapping about the American Revolution?
The right to vote is one of the things for which that revolution was fought, and won. Though, as the Schuyler sisters point out in the musical, not everyone was included:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident/That all men are created equal/And when I meet Thomas Jefferson/I’m a compel him to include women in the sequel.”
Women and people of color have had to protest, march, fight and sometimes die for the right to vote in this country, just as the American revolutionaries once did. Around the world right now people are fighting and dying to gain and protect their freedom, including the right to vote.
We all owe a debt to those who fought for our freedom and the rights we too often take for granted. We cannot squander their sacrifices.
That debt is payable by participation in the democratic process. That debt is payable by voting. And not just in the presidential elections, but in local ones, like the one coming up June 5 in our city.
So yes, I’ll vote on June 5, I always do. I see it as a civic duty. It’s a right, but also a responsibility I owe to my country and my community.
We also owe a debt to our veterans who served and fought to protect us and our freedoms. So I’ll vote “Yes” on B to give them the cemetery they want, and so richly deserve. We hope you will too. Either way, please vote. It’s the way we can make a difference.
“America, you great unfinished symphony.
“You sent for me. You let me make a difference.
“A place where even orphan immigrants can leave their fingerprints and rise up.”