This showed up in my inbox a little while ago. No she did not use a salutation, a nicety that has gone by the boards since the “new leadership” has taken over this party. (Of course this was addressed to my real name and I responded with that.)
On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 4:50 PM, Jen O’Malley Dillon, Democrats.org <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
For the first 144 years of this country’s existence, women were not guaranteed the right to vote — and winning that right did not come easily.
Women’s suffrage took a movement. It took organizers who worked tirelessly and allies who fought for the cause in the halls of power. On August 18th, 1920, when the legislature of the state of Tennessee voted to ratify the 19th Amendment and affirm its place in the Constitution, it passed by a single vote.
Because of the work of those who came before me, my right to cast a ballot was never in question. From the first time that I stepped into a voting booth to the day when I became the executive director of the Democratic Party, I’ve been deeply mindful of that fact.
Last week, President Obama asked us all to make a commitment to vote this fall. To me, that promise isn’t just about choosing the direction I hope to see this country take — it’s an opportunity to honor those who didn’t have the right to vote but fought so that their daughters and granddaughters would not be denied the full measure of citizenship.
Will you join me and commit to vote in this year’s election?
The movement for suffrage began before the Civil War. Women faced prison sentences — even beatings — to cast ballots as a gesture of protest. Even before the right to vote was won, women like Victoria Woodhull and Belva Lockwood ran for office. States across the country began to grant suffrage, and on the eve of the First World War, Woodrow Wilson — a Democrat — became the first president to take up the call.
Susan B. Anthony devoted her life to the cause of equality, and in 1897, decades before her fight was won, she wrote “Suffrage is the pivotal right.” In the 90 years since the 19th Amendment became law, that statement has borne out.
Today, in the United States, there are more women registered to vote than men, and the gap stands at nearly 10 million. From House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan, women hold office at every level of government.
But the fight for full equality is not finished. In 2008, a woman in the United States earned only 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man. For women of color, the disparity is even greater.
We have a choice with this election about whether we want to continue the fight to bring down barriers — whether we want to move forward or backward. We’ll decide whether we want to honor the legacy of those who couldn’t vote but reached for that right. But all those decisions begin with the promise that you will participate in the fall elections.
Commit to vote:
Jen O’Malley Dillon
Democratic National Committee
Here is how I responded. I did not bother with the nicety of a salutation either. Neither did I bother to “click to commit.” Oh, and I disabled the link on this post. If you want to click to commit, you’ll have to seek out their website. A little cutting and pasting will do it. But I do not think the Homegirls and Homeboys here will want to do that.
I vote in EVERY election. I voted in my state’s presidential primary on Super Tuesday in 2008. I also saw my governor shred my vote on the convention floor in Denver. It seems to me that the last people in the world who care about my vote are the Democratic Party leadership. Donna Brazile famously told the base in 2008 to stay home!
So NOW you care about my vote? And you DARE to invoke the name of Hillary Rodham Clinton? Wow! The party must be in trouble! If the Democratic Party wants to hang onto the Oval Office, it needs to wise up. The only candidate who can keep this party in power is Hillary Rodham Clinton, the woman whose nomination this party torpedoed in 2008. When this party corrects that error, I will consider myself a Democrat again.
Beg her, and pray that she accepts. I am not talking about any “supporting role.” She has been doing that assiduously since June 2008, and, frankly, I’m done with that. TOP OF THE TICKET FOR HER! Then I will know this party honestly cares about women, suffrage, enfranchisement, honesty, and fairness.
Now you KNEW I would not end this without a pic of the Homegirl-in-Chief!