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Make Election Day a national holiday

By From page A8 | November 12, 2012

You can open your eyes, Fairfield. It’s finally over. Truth, justice, and the American way won out over lies and all that money. Finally, scientists have discovered how to get those billionaire “job creators” to let loose with a little bit of their cash. Unfortunately, we’ll have to have national elections every year.

Voting last Tuesday was quick and easy, in and out in five minutes. I’ve never had any trouble voting here in Fairfield, but my TV kept showing me sad images of voters in other areas waiting in long lines for many hours. In his acceptance speech, President Barack Obama said, “We’ve got to fix that.” I agree and, naturally, I have a few suggestions.

Congress should enact a basic set of federal election laws that specify a minimum number of days and hours for early voting, a minimum number of voting booths and poll workers per thousand registered voters in a precinct, and paper ballots, like we have here in California, that can be manually counted to verify the accuracy of any questionable voting machine or tabulating system.

One more thing: Election Day should be a national holiday. The words “Election Day” are already capitalized, so we’re halfway there.

I can hear bosses everywhere howling: “You lazy workers just want another day off.” Of course, but what if I told you we could have an Election Day holiday with no adverse effect to your business? What if Veterans Day was celebrated on Election Day instead of Nov. 11?

Now, before you start sending me nastygrams for daring to mess with Veterans Day, answer this question: Why is Veterans Day on Nov. 11? Living in a military town, many of us Fairfielders know that hostilities officially ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, ending “The War to End All Wars.” President Woodrow Wilson proudly proclaimed Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919. In 1954, acknowledging that Armistice Day did not actually signify the end of all war and as a way to honor all American veterans, Congress changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day.

Interestingly, from 1971 to 1978, federal observance of Veterans Day was on the fourth Monday in October. I have no idea what day future generations will label as the day mankind ended all war, and that day does decidedly deserve a national holiday, but I can guarantee you it won’t be Nov. 11, 1918. My point is this: Is it more important to celebrate the date, Nov. 11, as the day fighting stopped in one of our nation’s many, many wars, or should our focus be more on honoring all American veterans?

By the way, are you observing Veterans Day today, Nov. 12?

As a veteran, I feel there can be no greater honor bestowed upon those who served to keep our great republic free, than to remember and honor them by observing Veterans Day as we Americans exercise our greatest freedom, on Election Day. In a very real way, our former servicemen and women would again be actively fighting to help ensure Americans are able to freely cast their ballots. And, I hope, by using Election Day to recognize the tremendous sacrifice given by our veterans to keep America free, millions more citizens would be inspired to make that very small effort required to vote.

I think Congress should make Election Day, Veterans Day, so we Americans can honor our veterans the best way possible, by voting. What do you think? Please post your comments on the Daily Republic website so we may all enjoy your thoughts.

Mike Kirchubel grew up in Fairfield and is the author of “Vile Acts of Evil – Banking in America.” He can be reached at [email protected]

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  • CD BrooksNovember 12, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Good morning Mike! If we're going to change the process, I'd prefer weekend or week-long voting. I don't believe it should be a holiday and I especially disagree with a paid holiday. If we don't change that, how about everyone automatically receives an absentee voter registration form in the mail? That is not always socially acceptable to some, and of course going to the polls would still be an option. But absentee is easier, voters wouldn’t have to make the effort to get the form themselves and it might make them more inclined to vote?

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  • ter666November 12, 2012 - 8:49 am

    Definitely not a paid holiday. Only the public sector is off today. You are asking employers in the private sector to provide one more holiday.

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 12, 2012 - 9:10 am

    Good morning,CD. How do you show your photo ID when you vote by mail? (joke)

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  • VallejoanNovember 12, 2012 - 8:52 am

    Good idea re Veterans/Election Day, and CD's thoughts. But I would start by making the voting process more efficient. I don't know about other counties, but in the two elections I worked as a Solano poll worker, the hold up was always at check-in, where the voter is identified in the roster and signs (or is marked off, if the computer roster is being used). If they were all computer rosters and were all linked in real time, and each polling place had a number of computers appropriate to their population, it would be MUCH more efficient. Mr. Kirchubel, thank you for your service!

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  • ter666November 12, 2012 - 9:08 am

    CD, my comment was to Mike and not you. I hit the wrong link for posting.

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  • Joe PikeyNovember 12, 2012 - 10:21 am

    I like that idea Mike. Make election day Veterans day. And since Election Day always falls on a Tuesday I think government employees should also get Monday off as well. Paid of course, 666 Dude...It's only fair. :)

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 12, 2012 - 10:46 am

    So, Joe, are you thinking four days off to vote , honor our veterans, And officially start Christmas shopping? I started seeing christmas stuff before halloween this year.

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  • The Gate KeeperNovember 12, 2012 - 11:00 am

    I think this is a bad idea because the government takes far too many days off now! I'm a firm believer that Uncle Sam works as little as possible and is paid far more than they're worth so to give them another day off with pay is pure insanity. I'm in favor of abolishing any holiday the government takes off that the private sector doesn't get off. It is my strong opinion that Uncle Sam should work five days a week and should be exempt from holidays, plain & simple.

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 12, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Gatey wants to abolish Veteran's Day. Anybody second that?

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 12, 2012 - 12:01 pm

    In my opinion, combining election day and Veteran's Day would take the focus off our Veteran's and cheapen the holiday. The polls are open long enough during the day for everyone to vote. Voters also have the option to vote absentee. It would also mean another lost day of productivity in the private sector. The idea is somewhat absurd.

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  • Very Funny Evil PeopleNovember 12, 2012 - 12:56 pm

    While watching the Veterans Day parade yesterday in Fairfield, it was quite obvious that whoever was heavily Chemtrailing Fairfield and Vacaville. What a "slap in the face", for all of us who have awakened and know what is really going on geopolitically. You can even see a chemtrail in DRs picture of the parade on the front page of the newspaper. Also for about ten minutes I literally had to fight back the tears, when you realize that all these wars, killing and destruction have been planned by the illuminati international banking establishment since the time of Napoleon. We have all been lied to and duped and innocent people right now are being killed in the name of US dominance (but really for the illuminati purposes).

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  • Today Monday onNovember 12, 2012 - 1:01 pm

    wwwinfowarscom.......On the Monday, November 12 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the latest outrages against the Constitution and common decency by an out of control federal government as an outlaw TSA continues to sexually molest citizens and government officials grill target shooters practicing their Second Amendment right. On today's show, Alex welcomes back Bev Harris of Black Box Voting who breaks down cases of vote fraud during the 2012 election.

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 12, 2012 - 2:51 pm

    STR, you do realize that the major product from burning kerosene is water vapor, right? There have been White ice trails from jet engines over Fairfield for the last 58 years that i know about.

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  • Joe PikeyNovember 12, 2012 - 4:20 pm

    Mike, maybe you missed the flashing sign on the underbelly of the C-17 that did the fly-by at the Veterans Day Parade. It said "Inhale Deeply"...STR did you see it?...

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  • Some research is necessaryNovember 12, 2012 - 7:54 pm

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  • Second try...the missing thinkNovember 12, 2012 - 7:58 pm


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  • My feelings are hurt....November 12, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    It appears that you are NOT "enjoying my thoughts". How dare you not enjoy MY thoughts.

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  • Guitar Slim - Think It OverNovember 12, 2012 - 9:38 pm


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  • Joe PikeyNovember 12, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    OK Mr P, I see how it is...So it's not a loss of a PRODUCTIVE day for the public sector. Can I still get the Monday off? Paid of course...

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  • Mr. PracticalNovember 12, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    The public sector already has Veteran's Day off.

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  • Joe PikeyNovember 12, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    OK, so you're all for Veterans Day but not as far has the private sector being able to celebrate it with a day off due to the lose of productivity. But it's OK for the public sector to have the day off since there is no loss of productivity. What say you?...So, I'm guessin' no Monday off?...

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  • The SugarJarNovember 12, 2012 - 7:30 pm

    Well at one time the public sector receiving decent wages, as well as some of the unionized private sector jobs receiving good wages, would help support the private sector by being able to afford to purchase their products and services. So for private sector jobs that offered goods or services, being open when the public sector was off was positive $$. Not so sure that train still can be seen as traveling on the same track.

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  • The SugarJarNovember 12, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Fun column, Mike. Election Day as a National Holiday replacing (or sharing with) Veteran's Day? No. The history of Veteran's Day is significant to Vets--at least it was to my Dad. He's no longer alive but it's a fight I would take on--if it were a serious possibility. What needs to be done is a combination of things (including expanding voting hours/places, and safe mail in voting). What people went through in some locales to vote was awful, and deserving of real fixes. Still a fun column though despite the "fight" you brought out in me ;).

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 13, 2012 - 9:18 am

    TSJ, how would you like it if we voted on Veteran's Day, instead of having Veteran's Day on Election Day?

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  • The SugarJarNovember 13, 2012 - 10:51 am

    Veteran's Day as stand-alone. Okay to thank the Veteran's on Election Day (and any other day) for their service. . Personally I wouldn't mind voting on any other day or week--some personal flexibility. Just very little flexibility for changing anything about Veteran's Day w/o a massive push from Veteran's themselves. Then I'd most likely support their wishes. The sentiment of combining the days as a sign of respect for Veteran's, I like.

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  • Mike KirchubelNovember 13, 2012 - 3:44 pm

    TSJ, This year, Veteran's Day was on a Sunday. If we voted on Veteran's Day, we would have to make it on a week-day, like a Tuesday, for example. Would it be OK with you if we had Veteran's Day on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November?

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  • The SugarJarNovember 13, 2012 - 4:54 pm

    Mike, you are tenacious! I support NO changes to Veteran's Day w/o a truckload of Veterans supporting the change. :) For me improving the Election process is further complicated when tossing Veteran's Day into the mix.

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  • Tuesday on....November 13, 2012 - 5:51 pm

    wwwinfowarscom....Today on the Tuesday, November 13 worldwide transmission of the Alex Jones Show, government insider Steve Pieczenik will blow the lid off what he says is the truth behind the tragedy in Benghazi and the General Petraeus mega-scandal, then Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, will break down Obama’s plan to eradicate the Second Amendment in his second term. Alex also covers the latest control freak craziness on the part of the EPA as it moves to imposes its bureaucratic will on San Diegans who dare wash their cars with government permission.

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  • Atlas shrugged misinterpreted?November 13, 2012 - 6:14 pm

    The real message to the illuminati and associate corporate facists was that "the system" would be intentionally crashed. That industrial production would be made too difficult to function in the US. But that the elite would hunker down and survive the collapse of society, that they would taken care of. But for some of you, it won't necessarily be so. I find it very interesting that the movie version of Atlas Shrugged has been released ATT = At This Time, is it a signal? Remember high ranking Dems and Reps work for the illuminai, they both helped implement NAFTA, The Great Society ect....Read Revelation in the Bible.

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  • Today Wednesday on.......November 15, 2012 - 1:39 am

    wwwinfowarscom....On the fiery Wednesday, November 14 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex fearlessly explores how the FBI was able to hack the CIA Director's e-mail without breaking the law, and Marc Faber's argument that the "fiscal cliff" will mean signing America onto austerity taxes. Alex continues breaking down the latest developments in Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, discussing the latest revelation that FEMA workers are being fed by members of Occupy Sandy. On today's worldwide broadcast, Alex talks with former Minnesota Governor and author of Democrips and Rebloodlicans Jesse Ventura about Obama's re-election and what it means for America. Alex also welcomes the governor's son Tyrel Ventura to discuss the new season of his father’s TruTV show, Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura. We'll also cover other breaking news items and take your calls.

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  • Today Thursday on......November 15, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    wwwinfowarscom......Today on the syndicated radio broadcast, Alex Jones laid out a constitutional plan to have the states secede, not to destroy the Union, but to reconstitute it because the federal government admits it is now run by foreign special interest powers and has been conquered. Over the three hour show, he had constitutional lawyers, Lew Rockwell and others on who concurred with his analysis. We are going to Ron Paul to ask him to lead this movement at the states. We will soon have a transcript of Alex's constitutional battle plan.

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  • Mike kirchubelNovember 15, 2012 - 10:45 pm

    What a load of crud. The black Guy won. Get over it.. This is nothing but treason. What would you say if romney won And california tried to secede? You would think it pretty stoopid, wouldn't you?

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  • Friday on....November 17, 2012 - 9:06 am

    wwwinfowarscom......Today on the Alex Jones Show, restoration of the republic through secession goes viral. Not only the United States, but the entire world is at a historic crossroad as the Agenda 21 corporate control grid attempts to bring the world into a new dark age. Dr. Michael Coffman, pioneer in exposing Agenda 21, will break down the enemy battle plan and how we can strike back with knowledge by knowing our enemy and waking up to just how hard-core our straights are. All this and more today.

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  • StRNovember 17, 2012 - 9:12 pm

    Many of the people thinking about Secession realize that both political camps Republican and Democrat are controlled by the Globalist Fascist Corporate/Banking/Media cartels. It would not matter whether it was Obama or Romney. We do not want to be part of a Global New World Order. All state lawmakers should be aware of the concept of Nullification, ie. do not enforce Federal Laws that are NOT Constitutional. It has nothing to do with race, only ideology and global control mechanisms that are being put in place, by both Republicans and Democrats who provide a veiled legitimacy for the Luciferian Globalists.

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  • FYI---Anyone want to look at Cty Budget?November 17, 2012 - 10:27 pm


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