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 firstname.lastname@example.org.