By Elizabeth Horner
December 29, 2011
hope that you had a Happy Christmas,
an Epic Holiday, and I wish you all a Blissful and Merry New Year! I am praying for special
blessings in 2012
--- a year I have been waiting for all my life.
2012, I turn 18 years old. While
many girls in the Filipino-American
community get presented to the public as a lady through a ceremony
debut, I opted out of that in favor of a Kindle Fire and Netgear 300
Router connection as electronic gadgets are a necessity these days
since I head to college in the fall of 2012, the beginning of another
in my life.
2012, I am also looking forward to
my new legal rights. No,
I don’t mean
the right to smoke. I am not even eager to drive yet as I prefer to be
in the back seat of our car, writing, reading and enjoying the views
fighting the traffic. I
am referring to
my legal right to sign contracts and open my own bank account without a
co-signer, to voice my opinion on certain issues limited before due to
and yes, my right to vote, however nerdy that may sound.
know that in the beginning, in
1776, as an independent democratic country, only white men with
the right to vote seems unthinkable to me.
It was not until almost a century later, in
1869, when Congress passed
the Fifteenth Amendment that states, “The right of citizens of the
States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or
State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude”. While it was progress,
were still omitted.
was only in 1920 with the passage
of the Nineteenth Amendment that the right of women to suffrage was
after a long struggle, personal sacrifices and incremental changes at
and local levels. Along with the battle for suffrage, women had to
their rights to own properties. While the setting was in England for
classical movies “Wuthering Heights” and “Pride and Prejudice”, which I
recommend that you watch if you have not done so, I can picture
being in the same shoes, living in a very uncertain world highly
men for the quality of their lives.
some of the fervor associated with
the right to vote seems missing in many citizens.
Is it because life has gotten so much better
that decisions, laws and regulations passed and signed into law, and
by our elected officials really do not matter that much anymore? Are we really feeling so
secure in our future
and the future of our loved ones?
last time I checked what’s happening in Washington, I felt scared. I felt scared about not
just my future but
the future of the United States in general.
Have we learned the lessons from the downfall
this country immune
from collapse? Do
we know the people
running for office, what they stand for, and what dri ves their votes
decisions? I hope
that those who have
not registered to vote in 2012 do so, and exercise their precious right
it is too late. Let’s welcome 2012 with a new commitment to a more