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If You’re Sick of Hearing Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Go at Each Other, This Will Make You Vomit  

 

by Glenn Shepard
November 1, 2016
Category: Citizenship

   


 

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Congratulations to these 10 finalists for the 2016 Glenn Shepard Leadership Award. The winner will be announced in late November.

Alexis Witt
Transamerica Retirement Solutions
Los Angeles, CA

Craig Urbanke
Statewide Agency
Rome, NY

Dr. Larry McIntire and Mr. Rudolph Farber
Joplin Regional Medical School Alliance
Joplin, MO

Gina Spagnola, President & CEO
Galveston Chamber of Commerce
Galveston, TX

Jack Kepley, Scoutmaster
Troop 448
Salisbury, NC

Jared Freeman, President & CEO
ASE Credit Union
Montgomery, AL

Kathi Vidrine
SteamBoat Bill’s
Lake Charles, LA

Rick Tebay, Plant Manager
Jack Link's Beef Jerky
Alpena, SD

Shelea Monroe
Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital
Nashville, TN

Wendy Egli, GM
Martin Brower
Dickson, TN

   

Everywhere you turn, you hear the media calling the 2016 presidential race the nastiest ever. 

But it isn’t even close.

Presidential races have always been nasty, and this one has been mild compared to many.

In the 1800 race, John Adams called his opponent Thomas Jefferson a coward and an atheist, both of which were outrageous in those days.

Jefferson retaliated by hiring a hatchet man named James Callendar to conduct a smear campaign against Adams, accusing him of “Having a hideous hermaphroditical character, which has neither the force and firmness of a man, nor the gentleness and sensibility of a woman."

Callendar was later sent to prison for slander.

In the 1828 race, John Quincy Adams called Andrew Jackson’s wife Rachel a "dirty black wench" because she allegedly married Jackson before her divorce from her first husband was final. It was so scandalous at the time that she died of a broken heart just days before her husband was inaugurated.

In the 1860 race, Abraham Lincoln was 6’4” and his opponent, Stephen Douglas, was 5’4”. When Douglas went on an extended campaign stump across the country (something unheard of in those days), Lincoln’s campaign put out Lost Child posters with a picture of Douglas. They read “Left Washington to go home to his mother. Answers to the name Little Giant. Talks a great deal, very loud, always about himself. About five feet nothing in height and about the same in diameter the other way."

And the list goes on.

What we’re enduring between Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump today is no different from what our great grandparents and their great grandparents endured – with ONE exception.

Their generations didn’t see voting as just a privilege; they saw it as an obligation. Virtually every one of them knew someone who died in various wars fighting for democracy, and they didn’t take democracy – or the right to vote – for granted.

Today, millions of American do. According to Pew Research, voter turnout in the U.S. ranks near the very bottom (31st out of 34) among developed countries.

This is so sickening that it makes me want to puke. Government of the people, by the people, won't work if the people won't vote.

Voting is about more than choosing who wins an election.

It’s about participating in something bigger than ourselves.

It’s about honoring those who made it possible.

It’s about duty and serving our country.

It’s about taking ownership.

It’s about not being lazy.

Most states require employers to give employees time off to vote, and 23 require that it be paid time off. Regardless of whether your state does, implore all of your employees to vote.

Voting not only makes them better citizens; it makes them better employees. It empowers people to take ownership and gets people to think in terms of being part of something bigger than themselves.

To Your Success,



Glenn Shepard

P.S.
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