When Rosie Lewis was 7 years old, the 19th amendment was passed, granting women the right to vote. Now, at 99, Rosie has registered and has filled out her first ballot. Her grandson explains that politics never really interested Miss Rosie, but now, as she hovers at the century mark (and despite having missed about 20 previous presidential elections), she's decided to participate this year and vote for Barack Obama.
Listen. I don't care if she voted for Obama or Romney or wrote herself in for president, the fact that she's exercised her right to vote at all is what's important.
People can complain all they want about how uninspirational this is; they can lament all day that she's voting based on skin color; they can shout from the rooftops that the liberal media is trying to turn something decidedly unprovocative into a heartwarming, left-leaning story; and they can cry 'til their voices are hoarse that she's a terrible person for dishonoring the sacrifices civil rights leaders have made by waiting 81 years to vote for a president of her same race ... but none of that matters, whatsoever. It's all totally irrelevant.
What makes this country great (perhaps one of the only things that makes this country great?) is that if you're over 18, you can vote. It doesn't matter if you're voting based on politics, morals, religion, good looks, age, origin, how tall he is, or whether or not you like his pets.
It's your right to vote for whomever you want, for whatever reason you want, and no one can say a damn thing about it.
So make sure you take advantage of your power and get out there today and choose a president. Check out when the polls close in your state and go get 'em, tigers. Happy voting.
Do you plan on voting today?
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