Sunday, August 23, 2009

Heroic Voting

Is there a living American who can fathom the idea of paying for a vote with a finger? As in - having a finger chopped off because you voted. Perhaps there are those of us who can conjure up some legitimate angst over votes stolen, elections railroaded, taxes levied on select populations that want to vote, campaign signs ripped up in the front yard...but a finger for a vote? It happened in Afghanistan - not 200 years ago - last week. The two known amputees were reportedly women. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, Gloria Steinem stand back in my mind's hall of heroic women. Make room for the burka-clad, face-covered, quietly determined women of Afghanistan. Peace.

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