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Lessons from the 1940s – Vote!

How many of you will be glad to see election season come to an end? I will. I’m sick of the deluge of phone calls and junk mail and spam, of the obscene quantities of money spent, of cheesy smiles and perfectly coiffed heads and plastic suits.

It beats the alternative.

While the United States has been spoiled by over two hundred years of democracy, in the grand scope of human history, democracy is still new and revolutionary. Historically, monarchies are the norm. The lives of ordinary people were dictated by one individual who received that position by accident of birth – or by murder and intrigue. Even now, dictators and extremists rule by fear and terror, and ordinary people keep their mouths shut – or else.

During the World War II era, the world was threatened by cruel dictatorships – so threatened that the Communist USSR made a worthy ally of the democracies. We forget how close we came to losing our freedom.

In the United States we have the freedom of speech, topped by the amazing freedom to vote. Tomorrow you and I can enter a booth and tell our elected officials exactly how we feel without fear of a midnight knock on the door. Don’t take that privilege lightly – do your research and make informed choices, not based solely on party. And don’t take that privilege for granted – make the time tomorrow and cast your votes.

See you in the voting booth!

2 Responses to “Lessons from the 1940s – Vote!”

  1. Donna W. Guthrie

    – A new Veterans’ Day-themed episode is available on kids’ virtual field trip Web site Meet Me At The Corner (MeetMeAtTheCorner.org). Meet Me At The Corner combines the content that educators and parents trust with the high-tech delivery method today’s kids embrace.

    The episode starts with a visit to Colorado Springs’s Memorial Park led by Hannah, a 8-year-old Meet Me At The Corner correspondent. Hannah then interviews World War II veteran, Robert Williams. Williams shares with viewers the various jobs he held in the military, the significance of VE Day and VJ Day, and what it takes to be a good soldier.

    To help expand on the content, MeetMeAtTheCorner.org’s “Learning Corner” provides parents and teachers with a variety of episode-specific resources, activities and guided questions that meet national- and state-based educational standards.

    Our hope is that this episode initiates conversations about the true meaning of Veterans’ Day,” says Donna Guthrie, award-winning children’s author and founder of Meet Me At The Corner.