With Election day just 3 days away, I thought I would share these thoughts from the book, Great Speeches of American Women. In 1950 Republican Margaret Chase Smith delivered words that could have been delivered today:
The American People are sick and tired of being afraid to speak their minds lest they be politically smeared as Communist or Fascist by their opponents. The American People are sick and tired of seeing innocent people smeared and guilty people white washed. Freedom of speech is so abused by some that it is not exercised by others. I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny – Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry and Smear.
I don’t like the way the Congress has been made a rendezvous for vilification, for selfish political gain at the sacrifice of individual reputations and national unity. I am not proud of the way we smear outsiders from the Floor and then hide behind the cloak of congressional immunity while placing ourselves above criticism. As an American, I want to see our nation recapture the strength and unity it once had when we fought the enemy instead of ourselves.
What choices will you make at the voting booth?
Reference: Chase Smith, M. (2008). Great Speeches of American Women. New York: Dover Publications, Inc.