Don’t just vote – make your comment with a smart vote by researching first.
Vote your state / federal representatives / senators, and school board members in or out.
– Here are two websites to visit to start your research. For information on candidate positions, voting records, etc. visit votesmart.org, or if you have specific questions, call Vote Smart 8-5 CT, M-F at 888-votesmart. Also visit projects.propublica.org.
– Obtain Black History curriculum and other study materials from the Woodson Center (woodsoncenter.org, 1776unites.com, or email for curriculum inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org). It is available at no cost.
– The members of the Inclusive American History Commission (Illinois-see Founding Fodder) are easy to find on an internet search. One member is from Glenbard District 87. Antonio Garcia (email@example.com).
Despite much fodder to the contrary, America is still a decent place filled with rational, grateful and kind people.
Ask ten people you know if they support law enforcement, if they prefer our universities allow diversity of viewpoint, if they prefer local school board transparency. Is there a consensus? If you’re comfortable to do so, ask them to consider voting against the silent incumbents who fail to act on these important issues. Suggestion for skeptics: check out projects.propublica.org
From the last of the Founding Fathers . . .
In their later years the Founding Fathers were generally pessimistic regarding the prospects of the new Republic surviving much beyond their own lifetimes. James Madison was the last of the Founding Fathers to pass away, dying in 1836.
In the 1830’s he wrote a note which he intended to be his last political statement. “As this advice if it ever see the light will not do it until I am no more, it may be considered as issuing from the tomb, where truth alone can be respected, and the happiness of man alone consulted. The advice nearest to my heart and deepest in my convictions is that the Union of the States be cherished & perpetuated. Let the open enemy to it be regarded as a Pandora with her box opened; and the disguised one, as the Serpent creeping with his deadly wiles into Paradise.”
Fears of a Setting Sun, Dennis C. Rasmussen, Princeton University Press 2021