Last year at this time I wrote a long blog detailing where I was when the Twin Towers fell. I'll never forget a minute of it and the date September 11th is a date that, for me, will live in infamy.
I think I get that patriotism and sensitivity from my mother. She's been gone 16 years but would swell with pride when looking at American flags, would cry during a good rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner (Whitney's not Rosie's) and she always, always voted. Before each election she would read the newspaper and make a thoughtful decision because voting is a great equalizer.
That's what she told me.
That's what Mr. Wilson said in American History. That's what Diane Blair said in my Arkansas Politics course in Fayetteville. My mother's middle class vote counted the same as the guy on Wall Street's vote.
Read and then re-read about the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted who attempted to disregard an order from a federal judge demanding that he reinstate three days of early voting that had been eliminated in certain questionable areas in Ohio.
Should he, could he, would he change or limit voting days to make it easier for one type of person to vote and harder for another type? Is this 2012? This new and improved segregation process that may have excluded poor, ethnic, hardworking voters would've sparked a fire of patriotism in my mother. And her American daughter has gotten pretty fired up about it too.