Posted by: Lipstick Piggy | October 20, 2008

Some Women Won’t Vote This Year Because… |Alice Paul Tortured

This came across my desk today as I prepare for early voting tomorrow.  We now have more opportunities to vote at our convenience than every before and still we find those that do not vote.  Make sure to have your voice heard.  Vote Today.

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When one of the leaders, Alice Paul, embarked on a hunger strike, they tied her to a chair, forced a tube down her throat and poured liquid into her until she vomited. She was tortured like this for weeks until word was smuggled out to the press.

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?

Last week, I went to a sparsely attended screening of HBO’s new movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ It is a graphic depiction of the battle these women waged so that I could pull the curtain at the polling booth and have my say. I am ashamed to say I needed the reminder.

All these years later, voter registration is still my passion. But the actual act of voting had become less personal for me, more rote.  Frankly, voting often felt more like an obligation than a privilege.  Sometimes it was inconvenient.

My friend Wendy, who is my age and studied women’s history, saw the HBO movie, too. When she stopped by my desk to talk about it, she looked angry. She was–with herself. ‘One thought kept coming back to me as I watched that movie,’ she said.  ‘What would those women think of the way I use, or don’t use, my right to vote? All of us take it for granted now, not just younger women, but those of us who did seek to learn.’ The right to vote, she said, had become valuable to her ‘all over again.’

HBO released the movie on video and DVD . I wish all history, social studies and government teachers would include the movie in their curriculum I want it shown on Bunco night, too, and anywhere else women gather. I realize this isn’t our usual idea of socializing, but we are not voting in the numbers that we should be, and I think a little shock therapy is in order.

It is jarring to watch Woodrow Wilson [Democrat – started FTC and Federal Reserve System but surpressed women? hmmmm You can learn more of WW here. ] 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.’

Please, if you are so inclined, pass this on to all the women you know.

We need to get out and 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.

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/collections/suffrage/nwp/prisoners.pdf

[Ed Note:  My thoughts are if you are lazy enough not to vote, you should not complain what you get in the end.  Nor should you be eligible for any “buy” of your vote by the Democratic party.  [I laugh at those that really think BO is going to dole out anything larger than $400.  Basically he could afford to just pay for you vote with more money than that with all the money he has fleeced from you this year.]

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