Thank you for writing to me about voting, It is an honor
for me to encourage people to get involved in America.
Democracy is the best form of government we know.
However, it can work only if individual citizens take
for their lives and communities.
Americans must learn about and participate in our
government if we want to be able
to guide our destiny as
a nation. As my college professor, Carroll Quigley, used
to say, America is the greatest nation
in the world
because our people always have believed that the future
can be better than the present and that each of
us has a
personal obligation to make it so.
We need not look far into the past to see that every vote
counts. The results of the 2000 presidential election
on a few hundred votes out of millions cast. One
of the most vivid images from that election was of
workers in Florida
examining each vote individually to
determine the candidate for which each citizen voted. In
every election, there are
a number of races for various
offices that are decided by a few dozen votes or less.
But it's not just the fact that each vote can make a
difference in the outcome of a race. It's the fact that,
our democracy is made stronger when more of
our citizens participate in it. Apathy can lead to
cynicism, and both can
have a corrosive effect on our
ability to build a better society for our children.
What I most want you to recognize is that we are all in
this great experiment together, and we will succeed or
together. Each of us must strive to make life
better for our neighbors in order to promote changes we
want in our country.
I encourage you to volunteer in
your community, and I ask you to make your voice heard.
You can make a difference.
Last week, I was humbled to win the support of 1,191 delegates and officially become the presumptive nominee of our party.
It was a great honor to also receive the endorsement of President Bush and visit the Republican National Committee to begin
laying out our strategy for victory in November. We face a tough challenge, but I'm confident that together we will win.
We have prepared for this fight for a long, long time. It begins today. We've come this far. Let's go on to victory.
It is a bedrock American principle: we are all equal in the voting booth. No matter where you were born or how
much money you were born into, no matter the color of your skin or where you worship, your vote deserves to count.
But millions of people in Florida and Michigan who went to the polls aren't being heard. The delegates they elected won't
be seated at the Democratic National Convention in Denver this August -- and that's just not fair to those voters.
The people of Michigan and Florida must have a voice in selecting our nominee for president. I have repeatedly called
for seating their delegates.
join me in showing our support for seating Florida and Michigan delegates at the convention.
This is such an important principle, and I appreciate you standing up with me.
Ramon H. Bassett American Legion post 319 * Roswell Ga. * US *30075/30077
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