What exactly does the 15th Amendment Of the Constitution of the United States of America state to the people in this country?
Passed by Congress February 26, 1869. Ratified February 3, 1870.
Section 1: The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2: The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The part that I want to focus on is in Section 1 which states, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote.”
There are countries where “the people” do not have the right “to vote” for the leaders of their country. A few examples would be the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Cuba and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. “The people” do not have a say in how they live their lives. Instead, the leader that they didn’t vote into office makes decisions that apply to everyone in the country based on…his desires. Not fairness. Not democratic. Not all good.
In the United States of America, “the people” have the right “to vote” for the leaders of the country. So what is a vote?
Definition of vote: To express one’s preference for a candidate or for a proposed resolution of an issue; to express a choice or an opinion.
This “right” that the American people have that allows us “to vote” for our leaders was passed by Congress on February 26, 1869, and ratified on February 3, 1870. Do the math. Yep. We have been able to vote for our leaders for 143 years.
How serious are we about our choice in leadership? Do we learn about the issues? Do we make choices based on the issues? Do we take our “right to vote” for granted?
God bless America.