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Early voting starts Tuesday, February 16th

Early voting starts Tuesday, February 16th.

You can find your early voting locations through the links here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/links.shtml#County

Anyone ambivalent about voting is encouraged to consider the points below.

Please forward this encouragement to anyone who may benefit from it.

The Precious Right of Self-Determination The winter of 1777-78 was among the darkest and bleakest times for the nascent cause of colonial liberty. General George Washington and his men faced the most formidable war machine in the world, and survival–to say nothing of victory–was anything but certain. On February 16, 1778, Washington’s men were camped out in the woods of Pennsylvania in the middle of a harsh, miserable winter. Hunger, sickness and the bitter cold took a heavy toll on Washington’s men, who were, in many cases, barefoot and barely clothed. Conditions had only deteriorated since their arrival at Valley Forge, when their “Thanksgiving feast” had consisted of a half cup of rice and a tablespoon of vinegar. The feet of those with no boots were frostbitten, cracked and bleeding, leading General Washington to remark that “you might have tracked the army from White Marsh to Valley Forge by the blood of their feet.” Conditions were miserable, and deteriorating with time. Food was ever scarcer, and sickness ever more prevalent, by the day. And yet, despite the incredible hardship, the long odds and frankly, no rational basis for any hope of victory over the British, Washington’s army endured, and ultimately triumphed. They went through hell on earth for one reason, and one reason alone–because they refused to let the dream of freedom die on their watch. They had pledged “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to the cause of liberty, and they were determined to see it through, whatever the cost. In this day and age, it’s quite easy to take our rights for granted. After all, we didn’t earn them for ourselves. They were given to us, free and clear, without the slightest sacrifice on our part. And yet, we all know in our hearts that those who came before us paid a VERY DEAR price for our liberty, and for our ability to have a say in our government. Many of them never lived to see the liberty for which they fought and died. The liberty we enjoy today is a precious gift we did not earn for ourselves, and can never repay. We can, however, honor their sacrifice by making sure we exercise our rights. We bring this up now because Tuesday, February 16th is the first day of early voting in Texas. As we go on with our daily routines, let us honor the sacrifices of our forefathers by getting ourselves, our friends, and our families to the polls in this election. We owe our forefathers more than we could ever repay, but we at least owe them that.

Vote in whatever manner your conscience may lead you, but however you choose to vote, DO VOTE.

You can find the early voting locations for your county through the links here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/links.shtml#County

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