Pastor Martin Niemoeller:
“First they came for the communists.
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a communist.
Then they came for the trade-unionists.
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews.
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew.
Then they came for me.
And there was no one left to speak for me.“
Pastor Martin Niemoeller was arrested in 1937 for opposing Hitler by the democratically elected Nazi Party government in Germany. Pastor Martin Niemoeller was liberated from the Dachau concentration camp by the U.S. military on April 29, 1945. (Source: Wikipedia)
Most people think their right to vote is guaranteed in the Constitution, like freedom of speech, freedom of religion and the right to bear arms. They are wrong. The right to vote for all of us is not a right at all but rather a privilege granted by politicians in our state governments. Our right to vote can be taken away from us at any time for virtually any reason by a corrupt state government.
We need to pass the “All U.S. Citizens Should Vote.” amendment to the U.S. Constitution that guarantees the right to vote for ALL U.S. citizens, no exceptions. If we allow even one exception, even if there are valid reasons for that exception, we are giving our government the precedent to grant more exceptions to the right to vote that someday could include us.
And if you don’t think your state government could take away your right to vote in America, just ask any African-American citizen how Southern states took away the right to vote from their ancestors for almost a 100 years after the Civil War.