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Video: video interview of voter Lew Spaciano, resident of Pompano Beach, Florida, describing how when he tried the vote for Kerry, the machine registered a selection for Bush. Sent in 12/14/04 by Jack Lenk.
Dec. 12, 2004: Rally against voter suppression at Minnesota State Capitol (St. Paul). It was windy and bitter cold, with temperatures hovering at about zero degress all day. These are patriots!
1776: Washington and his rag-tag army of patriots crosses the Delaware in the dead of Christmas night through a driving snowstorm to surprise the British troops. With him were two future presidents, James Madison and James Monroe, as well as future Chief Justice John Marshall, Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton and others. To understand how cold and miserable some of those patriots must have been as they undertook that critical mission on behalf of liberty, historians tell us that Major James Wilkinson, who was on his way to join Washington, found his route easy to follow: "There was a little snow on the ground, which was tinged here and there with blood from the feet of the men who wore broken shoes." source
Dec. 12, 2004: More Minnesotans protesting in windy, zero-degree weather.
1954: We can look back now and say that Thurgood Marshall was a great American lawyer and jurist, who argued 32 cases before the Supreme Court and won 29 of them before he himself was elevated to the High Court in 1967. He was lead counsel on Brown versus Board of Education, the 1954 case that ended the "separate but equal" lie that had allowed segregation to persist in this country for almost a century after slavery was abolished. At the time he was traveling the South to argue cases, however, Marshall was routinely threatened with death if he did not leave town before sundown. This great American patriot worked long days, earned little money, and spent long periods away from his family so that the rest of us can enjoy greater freedom, justice, and equality. While this work is not yet done, Thurgood Marshall brought us a long way toward the goal. source
1777: History is often written backwards by the victors, making the victory look inevitable from the start. For America's Revolutionary War patriots, the possibility of defeat was always with them. They were driven out of New York City in 1776, won victories in Princeton and Trenton, but were defeated at Brandywine and Philadelphia. Thomas Paine later said that these were the times that tried men's souls. A crucial victory at Saratoga, New York brought the French naval power to the Patriot side. Many have attributed the spirited training of German Baron Friedrich von Steuben during the freezing winter of 1777 as giving American troops the psychological lift they needed to survive the lack of food, clothing, and shelter that first year of the revolution. source
Protesters in Denver demand verifiable voting (www.DenverVoice.org photo).
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