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  • Morning Bell: Today Is Your Day—Vote, America

    In urging the delegates to a New York convention to ratify the U.S. Constitution in 1788, Alexander Hamilton emphasized the principal strength of the new Constitution: “Here, sir, the people govern.”

    The federal government gets its mandate from the American people. You are in charge. Express your will: Vote.

    You help govern your country through the exercise of your right to vote. As the U.S. Supreme Court has said: “No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live.”

    When he first became President in 1885, Grover Cleveland stressed in his inaugural address the public trust held by every voter:

    [H]e who takes the oath today to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States only assumes the solemn obligation which every patriotic citizen—on the farm, in the workshop, in the busy marts of trade, and everywhere—should share with him. The Constitution which prescribes his oath, my countrymen, is yours; the Government you have chosen him to administer for a time is yours; the suffrage which executes the will of freemen is yours; the laws and the entire scheme of our civil rule, from the town meeting to the State capitals and the national capital, is yours. Your every voter, as surely as your Chief Magistrate, under the same high sanction, though in a different sphere, exercises a public trust.

    In his farewell address to the American people in 1989, President Ronald Reagan echoed the words of President Cleveland a century earlier, emphasizing that the American people remain in charge of their government:

    Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the People” tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.

    On behalf of your fellow citizens, we ask you to choose carefully in deciding upon the Representatives, Senators, President, and state and local officials who will make our laws. Your choice, along with the choices of your fellow citizens, will determine what America is to become. You, your fellow citizens, and future generations will live in the America you choose.

    As for The Heritage Foundation, we will do tomorrow and the next day exactly what we did yesterday and the day before: We will continue to formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, individual freedom, traditional American values, and a strong national defense. We know our principles and we adhere to them. That is our public trust. The American people can count on us, just as we count on the American people.

    God bless the United States of America and its people. Now, go vote.

    David S. Addington is Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Operating Officer of The Heritage Foundation.

    Quick Hits:

    • Need help finding your polling place? You can enter your address here and find it.
    • CBS posted more footage online of President Obama’s interview conducted after the Benghazi attack—nearly a month after the interview. See what he said in this previously unreleased portion.
    • Greek workers have launched a 48-hour nationwide strike to protest “a crucial parliamentary vote on $17 billion in added austerity measures,” reports the LA Times.
    • A suicide bomber drove a car into a crowd of Iraqi troops and recruits outside an army base today, killing 31 people and injuring 50 more.
    • Time for a refresher on the Electoral College? Check out our guide.
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    23 Responses to Morning Bell: Today Is Your Day—Vote, America

    1. Sheryl says:

      Unfortunately the folks voting for Romney are the folks who are paying for the folks voting for Obama??

    2. sdfultz says:

      Thank you Foundry for this unbiased information.

    3. Lloyd Scallan says:

      When those words were spoken, no one saw the coming of Obama and his Democrat fellow Marxist. Read the reports coming from several states about how the voting machines are rigged to register a vote for Obama when the lever is pulled for Romney. How many reports of bus loads of illegals arriving at voting polls. How many hundreds of Obama paid lawyers are on stand-by to sue if Romney gets more votes? In today's Obama world, the average voter is making nothing but a feeel good gesture. It truly a sad day when this election is so rigged for Obama to win, regardless of the voting public, the average vote means nothing anymore.

    4. pete says:

      It is interesting that so many people wait until Nov 6th to vote. In Texas we have two weeks before the election to vote monday-sunday. Really no excuse for anyone not to vote unless you are dead and even then, alot of people still vote.

    5. PaulE says:

      Today is the day we learn if America has learned anything from the colossal mistake it made 4 years ago or if we have finally reached the tipping point where the takers out-number the producers.

      • Richard says:

        Today marks the end of America as we know it. Not only have we re-elected a criminal president intent on socialism, but the Supreme Court now will be contaminated with his next appointment when the next ONE retires. If the GOP can't win an election with someone of Mitt Romneys' character, the surely all the blessings God has granted to us in the last 237 years have been withdrawn and we now join the legion of corrupt nations that populate the world. I don't believe that ANYONE we can elect in 2016 will be able to fix this.

        • Sharon says:

          Richard, you are soooo right! In 4 years we probably will not be called America. We will probaby have some unholy name. This is SAD! I have cried all morning because of this. It feels like God did not hear our prayers and I voted for Romney. Our nation has become so unholy that character is not an issue anymore, only lack of it so everyone in that category feels unaccountable for anything they do. The fight is not over and we must be diligent and TRUST, TRUST, TRUST God. His ways are NOT our ways and His Thoughts higher than ours. That's my comfort in this sad hour! Please God bless America!

    6. will says:

      Prosperity without fairness is exploitation; fairness without prosperity is rhetoric. Whatever the outcome of this election, let's hope we focus on prosperity once again so we can afford to take care of the most vulnerable, and give those who will work a chance to show what they can do.

      • Frank Selig says:

        Thankfully, obama was re-elected. The voters realized that Romney was more interested in making things worse for the country. His main idea was to help the rich get richer and didn"t care about the rest of us. The better person won. Any politician who says poor people don"t want to work is a liar, and that can be said for a lot of politicians such as Romney. And thankfully also Prop 32 got voted down.

    7. Juan Martinez says:

      Well, as H.L. Mencken said: "Nobody ever went broke unerestimating the intelligence of the American public."

      I really wish we could get rid of the electoral college and have direct voting for President. I live in Connecticut. Here, you wouldn't even know there was a presidential election as Obama and Romney won't spend a single dime here because they both expect CT votes blue. I'm sure the same is true for Alabama (except voting red). But registered republicans in CT like myself feel like our votes don't even count. It seems only voters in Ohio matter. Why can't we have popular vote selecting the winner?

    8. Oscar Brown says:

      I did. And based on previous reporting and my own experience, it looks like Duval County, Florida is taking its right to select seriously this cycle. The projection is for at least 80% turnout. I'm proud of my fellow Americans today. Tomorrow we can return to arguing about direction; today, we exercise our sovereignty and our responsibility as free people. God bless.

    9. Cindy says:

      Yesterday, President Obama rallied his voters to "vote out of revenge". Phrases like that sound terribly inappropriate coming from a President of the United States. Gov. Romney's commercial response encouraged voters to "vote out of love of our country". Thank you for this positive attitude. I'm reminded of the old saying that my family, friends, schools, and mentors taught me: "SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE"!!!!!! Our current leaders obligation to influence the next generation to work towards SUCCESS would be of far greater value to our country as opposed to telling them to tell them to seek vengeance.

      • Sharon says:

        Cindy, this man has no character so you may expect anything to come out of his mouth just like Biden. This man does not even know who he really is. He has many fathers and his mother is suspect. He is, in my opinion, in an identity crisis and from watching him didn't really seem excited to be running again until Axelrod and Gibbs told him to step up his game.. He is being controlled by the likes of Axelrod and Gibbs. He is not experienced enough to be able to do anything other than what they tell him to do. Terrible predicament. He's been drug throughout his life from pillar to post. Sad!

    10. Bob Marshall says:

      " Now, more than ever, it is the people who are responsible for the character of their congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption." James A. Garfield. Should this not extend to the president as well?

    11. John N. says:

      Yes vote! But it should also be emphasized to do it responsibly. For that people need to be informed on the real issues. But unfortunately most of the voter guides and news media don't get to those points – especially if it doesn't support their favorite one. So we must diligently dig for that information. Again unfortunately, most aren't willing to do so. So we do pray for all of this to be sorted out somehow and the best candidate gets selected. It not then may we learn from our mistakes.

    12. Audri DeBarr says:

      I've been at bat… and now wait to hear that… Team Freedom put a hurt on Tyranny!

    13. Rick B says:

      We may learn something about the American public today and what it wants from Government… but, it seems nothing new be learned by the RNC and Republican state organizations. In some states Repubs just can’t learn how to keep from embarrassing themselves. For instance, intentionally or not, in Florida just the appearance of trying to limit access to voting can drive some people to change their vote to Obama.

      Why the hell are there so many idiots in State back offices and, for that manner, even running for Congress? Damn, sometimes Todd Akin and Tom Smith make Biden look like an absolute genius.

      If I am to vote responsibly how could I vote for either of these weak-intellect candidates. Thankfully, I;m from MI so I don’t have to choose a democrat over these fools!

      It’s about time Heritage included addressing these issues on it’s agenda.

    14. Al Hintz says:

      I'd like to say that Heritage Foundation does yeoman's work in keeping us informed in a truthful and factual way on a daily basis, you guys are great, keep up the great work, we need you.

    15. Bobbie says:

      If only Obama respected the facts instead of his insecurities and misinterpretations.. If only Obama wasn't concerned with inciting racism into society influencing our minds unfairly for more government control. If only Obama could face himself the way he shows the educated society he is. If only Obama wasn't so comfortable lying about everything. If only he had more dignity to protect Americans everywhere. If only he could listen to the majority people that want obamacare repealed on the basis of uncertainties, corruption, collusion and little to no benefit. If only he didn't encourage fraud more then motivate integrity. If only he didn't resent America as clearly as he does and respected freedom of the people as he clearly does not.

      If only his attitude was positive that he could inspire in others. If only he could see people equally capable of civil law and held accountable to their acts because of their acts and not belittling skin color protected from any uncivil acts one causes. If only he honored his role with dignity instead of abusing his role to force sacrifices on America(ns) he doesn't like.

      If anyone in public government authority can't respect the people enough to face the people with truth, none are worth the leadership role in America or anywhere! You can't judge a man by his skin color he has no choice in you have to judge a man by his character that he does have choice in and obama's is foreign to America and will give into nothing that is America as the republicans frantically take matters to correct while he is in full denial and refusal to comply. It is always about Obama and was never about the good of America. He made his mark and I pray we have time to clean it up! I pray for people to feel better about themselves that this government is trying to convince nothing and no one is better without government controlling everything and them/us/we the people. This is America where GOVERNMENT DOES NOT CONTROL our livelihoods or nature!!

      The fraud must be in the make as Obama and his mrs. are feeling sorry way too soon!

    16. pcj says:

      Bill O'Reilly made a comment tonight that most people will vote for whoever will give them the most "stuff". The "Gimmes" are voting, and they are proving that there are more "gimmes" voting than people who really care about the country. Sad….

    17. BlueShadowII says:

      I see by others' comments that they received this essay on (or before) Election Day. My copy arrived at 6:21am CST on November 7th.

    18. guest says:

      I learned a long time ago that Obama was never for this country. There is so many lies that he has communicated and disceptions about what is really going on in our country. There are too many people out there who love handouts and what the government can do for them. It is no longer just enough to work hard and earn your way. Our rights and liberties are being taken away and the people who voted for Obama are just so much like sheep and he will continue to lead our country to destruction. How can the house stand up to him when he has control of the senate and all the judges who pushed through Obamacare? I for one are very much afraid!!!

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