American Military Vote: "Mr. President, fix this Problem!"

Denise OStarred Page By Denise O, 6th Oct 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1e6adfv4/
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President Obama, as the Commander in Chief of our Armed Forces, I feel should be taking charge in putting out the message that yes, those American citizens in the Armed Forces are still able to vote, it is just a click away. No matter where they are now living.

They pass it, Sign it, and...

During my usual morning of scouring over the television news stations, I came across a segment that aired on one of my favorite shows, on the Fox Business Network, Varney & Company. Stuart Varney and Eric Eversole (Exec. of Military Voter Protection Project) were discussing the lack of absentee (overseas) voter request each state has encountered this year, in Virginia it is down 70% since 2008. When I heard this, of course my ears opened up wide.

This bill which was passed by congress and then signed into law by President Obama, is the 2009 Military & Overseas Voter act. This program was set up so as to make it easier for those that need absentee ballots and live overseas, may they be military or civilian.

I do applaud the congress and the President for making this law but, that was the easy part, implementing was going to be the hard part, what I call, the work.

During my research I came across a fact I did not know, a bill was introduced on the senate floor S.3073 (Military Voting Protection act) and passed May 22, 2008. Yet H.R. 5673 (Military Voting Protection act 2008) was never brought up for a vote in the house, why did (then) Speaker Nancy Pelosi not allow this vote on the floor so our representatives could vote on it?

The bottom line is though, they did 'finally' pass it, the President signed it and it is now law and also a failed program, apparently.

These boots belong to a man named Alan Dulin, SPC, U.S. Army, these boots have endured two tours, operation Iraq freedom and operation new dawn. I feel they deserve a lot more respect than our Federal government is giving them, right?

I would be Ashamed!

As to be expected, the ball was dropped by all those that voted for it (Congress), the President who 'did' sign it and the pentagon whom forgot to protect their own.

Do we not owe the men and women that keep our country safe, those that are called in during times of need, I am asking you, do we not owe them this much respect?

I say we do and some. Now I would also say that those that wear the uniform should have this one privilege us American citizens are afforded to and then some but, I would be squashed down by any of those that do/did wear the uniform and be firmly told 'We are nothing special, we deserve no special treatment.'. That is (past & present) just how they are.

I know this is how they feel, I have lived around these wonderful people all my life. Though even after saying that, I still must disagree with them...

They do deserve this, more than the rest of us Mr. President!

Photo: Mrs. Dulin welcoming her husband back from his second tour and we are so relieved he made it back to his beautiful wife. He will be here in the states (this year) to vote but, a lot of his brothers and sisters in harms way will not be having their voice heard.

Brings Tears

I have always had the up most respect for those that serve our country, my father-in-law Gene served his country during WWII, he carried himself with dignity and honour all his life, I admire this man. He is no longer with us, as you can see by the American flag sitting on top of my book shelve.

This is the only photograph I have of him in uniform, which saddens me, as we have had it in the frame for so long, the humidity we have here in the deep south must have glued the photograph to the glass. While we were moving the photograph fell, the glass was broken and the photograph can not be removed from the glass.

As ashamed as I am that this is how I must now show off the man I love and respect, it does not match the shame I feel when I see those eyes and I know, I must do more to help his brothers and sisters. So I am now writing this article so as to make sure that those that protect us, have someone over here in America, wanting to protect them and their rights.

I feel Gene is looking down at me and grinning with pride, as each word is typed.

They Serve, Kind of

Also, do not forget about the wives of those that serve. I don't, that's why my mama is also sitting on my mantle and given just as much respect for her service to her country.

Mama toted us kids around the world and from state to state, from the late 1950's, all through the 1960's and (most of the) 1970's, as Dad served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years.

I saw Mama and the other wives do courageous things, admirable things and still be there for us kids. My times in Japan (1964-1968) and Guam (1971-1977) were not the easiest of times, even though we were not on the front line, do not think for one moment that we did not have dangers that surrounded us and that it did not impact our lives, as it did.

I think those that support (husbands/wives/kids) those that fight for us, should also be given the right to cast their vote, they too do their part in helping us Americans keep safe.

Civilians Too!

Any person that has ever lived around an military installation will know, it takes more than just our troops to keep the place running, these men and women are trained for a job and it is not cutting the grass.

Building their barracks, roads, bring supplies and basic upkeep, usually goes to American civilians that leave their country, so as to do their part in keeping our country secure, no matter where it may be.

We also have embassies around the world and they too must be staffed, so do they not also deserve this right most of us hold so dear to our hearts.

Even though they do not wear the uniform: They too should have the right to vote!

My little Contribution

If you have ever served or have had one of your loved ones serve, then please honor those that have honored us. Pass the word, as fast as you can. There is still time and if our so called leaders will not do so then...

I say we do the job for them, as we usually do, in cleaning up their messes. I am in this article writing game for views, I will not lie but, at times you just have to give back and ask for nothing in return, this is my time.

If you want to share my page, thank you for doing so but, if you just need/want the link to the sites where you will be able to cast your vote and you do not share my page, thank you for all you do and I am grateful for all you do.

Do not ever forget, we have the right to vote and help shape 'our' futures and we have that because of men/women citizens that have decided to protect that right for us, that live with the constant knowledge that...

As each breath they take, they never know when, it just might be their last one.

Kick the Can

Must we wait for my grandson's generation to fix a problem we 'still' have, or should we demand from those in charge to just fix the damn thing now, I say...

Just fix the damn thing now!

This wonderful organization will help any Military personnel get a absentee ballot and be counted in the end, just visit:

heroesvote.org

For Civilians or those in the military please visit:

FVAP.org

If you have a chance, please visit a few of my articles on American matters...

Governor Willard Mitt Romney

President Barack Hussein Obama

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I live in Georgia, USA. I am a granny to 3 precious children. I am Mama to Bugg and two human beings. I was once married to a wonderful, Dan.

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author avatar Robb714
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Denise, I don’t where to start, bless your heart and you are so right. I will do my best to promote this true and beautiful article. The cracked glass is symbolic of what we who served for that is no longer honored. When I served, we were discouraged to vote against anyone that supported the Graham Rodman Bill, it worked out ok, and we got a pay raise. What we need to promote is, if you have SSN # and are entitled to vote, you can do that from around the world or from your own living room, it doesn’t have to be that complicated, one person, one vote, the heck with all the shenanigans. Thank you for this and let’s keep going.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Robb, you got to my heart. I live next door to Ft. Benning and those that serve are my neighbors. I was brought up (from birth) as an military brat, no my friend, you are not forgotten, nor will you ever be, by hundreds of millions. I feel that no matter whom those that serve 'chose' to vote for, they deserve that right and that is their choice, it is a matter of principal. Plus, I will always be grateful for all you have done, those in the past, present and future. Bless you my friend. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Sorry folks, I had a typo (it is being edited) and my lovely hubby pointed it out. I referred to my father-in-law as Gene and Albert in one section, oops. This is the same person, as his name was Albert Eugene, Love ya Gene.:)

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author avatar Bets
10th Oct 2012 (#)

That's right Denise! I watched and listened to this also. Well, congratulations on another great writeup here. You aced it. Smiles, Bets :)

"This program was set up so as to make it easier for those that need absentee ballots and live overseas..." RIGHT ON!!

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Bets, it sure got my dander up when I watched this, big time! Thank you for your kind words and support. You are a doll!:)

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author avatar yugasini
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Hi Denise,

Very nice article thanks for sharing, how to upload more full size and small photos in between the paragraphs?

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Thanks hon for your kind words. I will send you details after I get some sleep, I was just about to sign out, it is 2 in the morning here in Alabama but, I will help you. I am just not thinking straight at this time (too tired, 2 articles out today) and I don't want to confuse you hon but, first thing when I get up I am writing you. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar M G Singh
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Very interesting and topical post, but I have observed that a lot of my friends are leaving wikinut. That is bad. have you noticed?

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you Madan for your kind words. Sadly Madan, I have noticed this and I wish them well. I too almost left but, I decided I like the format and folks like you, I also have built up a following here that far exceeds my blog (I am trying to get worked out) so even though I am disappointed in some thing that go on here at wikinut, I must put it aside, for now. The articles I am 'now' writing will all be about politics, until the Nov. elections. I miss doing my usual articles but, things need to be told, as the media here in the U.S. do not tell the truth. So, for now, I am here to stay, to the chagrin of others. It really is sad huh my friend. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
10th Oct 2012 (#)

I could see the passion behind the article. As one who served for long in the navy, I empathize with you. I could not vote several times.

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Oh that just saddens me that you were not able to vote, the one thing y'all that serve keep protected for us and yet, you were not able to do so. That is why things need to get done and we need to (as citizens) help those that help us, daily. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Oct 2012 (#)

Written with verve and deep feelings, Denise. I only wish we can avoid these wars as what use are they to the innocent majority who just want to have a peaceful life - siva

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author avatar Denise O
10th Oct 2012 (#)

My dear friend Siva, no one wants war and I too wish we did not have any at all but, we must be realistic and at times war is needed, as the bad out way the good. The bottom line is, our government put these men/women in there, they then must protect the rights of those that do serve and they are not doing it. I have witnessed many that had to flee from their homeland (Saigon fell) before being butchered and then landing at the air strip where my dad was stationed and we also lived, in Guam 71-77. I saw people gaining freedom for the first time and there is no better sight to behold, I also saw those that lost their lives as they landed, just moments away from feeling the safety of freedom. Do I feel we have always been on the right side in any conflict, well no but, all in all, I do agree with most of the battles we have taken up. I can not say this though at this point, as I do not agree with this administration on a lot of their so called leadership in this area. War should always be the last resort but, as I read thousands of hours of SFRC (senate foreign relation committee) sessions with those in charge on the Iraq issue and then to read the red cross reports of the butcher of Baghdad and his henchmen, I felt it was not only in our best interest but also, in the Iraqi's interest to get rid of this guy. After the gulf war (91) when we ousted Saddam out of Kuwait, we then played games with the Iraqi people, trying to keep Saddam contained, with no fly zones to his north and south. This only held millions of civilians in a nightmare of hunger, beatings and at times, Saddam's henchemen/son's just right out killed them. If you read the recross reports during the 80's it would sicken you, what we Americans were allowing to happen, how so many Iraqi's were doomed from the start and those that were older, were just at the mercy of a evil man, that had no problem cutting out tongues if they spoke up against this snake. Here in America Mr. Clinton (then Pres) was telling us all was well and yet, I knew better, we were helping to not only keep a monster in charge, we were in turn giving him power which he then would take and unleash on the citizens of Iraq. I will be writing about all of this in the next few weeks. I have over 2 decades of research and interest in the ME and the roles we have played and better yet, I know what was being told to us American people by Mr. Clinton and his ilk was not only false but, that what he was telling those in Iraq ended up being deadly for hundreds of thousands of them. Getting Saddam and giving the Iraqi people (that we kept contained with this madman for too many years) a chance, was not only 'our' duty, it was our obligation. I am just asking you to please give me a chance to explain myself in the next few weeks and just maybe you will see that at times, yes (at times) we must take up arms, even if it is only to make a wrong, right. By the way, I hold Mr. H.W. Bush and Mr. Clinton responsible for this mess they put the Iraqi people in.

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author avatar Teila
11th Oct 2012 (#)

This is a beautiful tribute to those men, women and families who went the extra mile. I wish those in authority would do the right thing for these families.

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author avatar Denise O
11th Oct 2012 (#)

I do too Teila, they deserve it. No matter where their vote will lay, they should have the choice. As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Tanushree S
11th Oct 2012 (#)

Such a nice & informative article! Thanks a lot Denise for sharing this .

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you for your kind words. Sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you, my bad. Thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Christine Crowley
12th Oct 2012 (#)

Very informative - thank you so much for this post.

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Oct 2012 (#)

Thank you Christine for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Judy Ellen
18th Oct 2012 (#)

Wow! This article is amazing Denice! I will visit the links to see what is going on. I didn't even know about this!! Thank you for bringing it to our attention!!

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author avatar Denise O
22nd Oct 2012 (#)

You are most welcome Judy. Yes, it is really a problem, sad right? As always, thank you for stopping by.:)

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
6th Nov 2012 (#)

Great feelings for the country and people - Great!
Nicely shared.

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