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Declaration of Conscience

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.










Dr. Sheila Embry is a govie, author, pracademician, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend who loves to read, write, think, and laugh. Many of her blog postings are summaries or excerpts of books that she read and wants to share to encourage others. An author with more than 25 years experience within the legislative and executive branches of the U. S. federal government holding 3 accredited degrees: Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership, Master of Arts in Human Resources Development, and Baccalaureate of Business Administration, she believes in continuing learning both on and off the job. She has been recognized with multiple professional and writing awards for her peer-reviewed, publications. Click the bibliography page above for a listing of all the publications.

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