I could have written a column on voting present day, 4 years ago, or in 1884. The message would be the same. To prove my point, I am just going to run an unsigned column from 1884 that appeared in the Weekly Times entitled, Why Vote:
Vote not to just keep your work.
Vote upon your judgment
And from this duty never shirk.
Why be enticed to follow
In other’s political wake
Vote because it is right.
Vote for men of promise
Not for those who make only promises
To never be fulfilled.
Vote not for party
And in following along
Do not endorse its every act
Vote to avoid those
Who wish to line their pockets,
And have no other aim.
Vote to protect our country
From those whose interest is
In selling watered stock.
Why vote? Is not a question. Where do I go to vote is the question?
I will admit I do not get the reference “to whose interest is “In selling watered stock” but the message is the same: Go vote.
Editor’s note: Joseph McCain is the publisher of The Choctaw Plaindealer, The Webster Progress Times and Winston County Journal. He maybe reached at newsroom@winston countyjournal.com or 662-803-5236.