Jon Meacham In His Own Words About The Importance Of Voting | MSNBC

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As the election process has come under fire from the Trump administration, presidential historian Jon Meacham reflects on how voting is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democracy.
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Jon Meacham In His Own Words About The Importance Of Voting | MSNBC

98 Comments on "Jon Meacham In His Own Words About The Importance Of Voting | MSNBC"

  1. Remember, Trump is a fugitive from justice who will do ANYTHING to avoid facing the consequences of his crime spree. So, VOTE like YOUR life depends on it, too – because, it does!

  2. In a democracy, failures of government are questioned.

    In a cult, failures of government are justified vigorously.

    • @Rick Ton yes. (why do so many cult45 WANT to seem like they never went more than 4th grade “intro to ancient greece”? a republic is a form of democracy … but it’s just weird that they’re stuck on claims that equal “I don’t know how anything works.” seriously, it’s concerning.)

    • @Ria Somers “He jails his opponents”
      he kills them. or tries to.
      he kills journalists that report on his crimes.

    • @Dave Schultz “cult” is a term for followers – not gov. you get an “F” for vocab.

    • @mako zero trump supporter who worked for fed gov (denied paycheck) during shutdown: “I thought he was going to do good things. But he’s not hurting the people he needs to be hurting.”

    • #BunkerBoiGotBiglyTikTokedInTulsa, T. 📲🤣👍
      Btw…
      #45IsForeverAsterisked ✳
      And he’ll *NEVER stop whining* about it… *EVER.* 👶

  3. Publius Valerius | September 7, 2020 at 8:23 AM | Reply

    _NOTE! This is a broadside not a sweet “Tweet”. But hey, this is not Twitter. If it’s too much for you to handle, move on. But If you are deeply appalled by what’s happening in this Country, read on._

    👉 *VOTE! BECAUSE WE STILL CAN!* 👈
    🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

    *WE HONOR AND CHERISH* the memory, the courage, and the spirit of those Americans who suffered and fought and died whether willingly or unwillingly in the name of our Nation: on the battlefields, on the cotton fields, on the Great Plains and the River Valleys, and those Americans who are today being assaulted, beaten, shot and murdered by unrepentant and undeniably racist police forces befitting a fascist regime, and those Americans who daily fill our hospitals fighting a novel virus, contagious and deadly. But if we wish to make this claim of honor true, first we must honor Truth itself; for, Truth is the only thing that cannot be overcome. *AND TRUTH IS NOW TELLING US WHAT MUST BE DONE!*

    *REGRETFULLY, IN THE LIGHT OF REASONABLE AND SOUND REFLECTION upon*

    👉His fluency of falsehoods,
    👉His fear of criticism and responsibility,
    👉His insistence on taking credit where credit is not due,
    👉His deficit of emotion-regulation resulting in juvenile displays, personal attacks and insults unbecoming an adult,
    👉His overt misogynistic words and deeds in the extreme continuing throughout his presidency.
    👉His incumbency and his bid for reelection totally void of any plan, agenda, mandate, message, or ideas,
    👉His inability to maintain discretion on social media, _and_
    👉His increasingly bizarre and unstatesmanlike behavior that reveals an unstable and diagnostic personality, has cost the United States such extreme a cost that *President Donald Trump has forfeited the trust and the confidence of those government institutions in his charge that possess knowledge, sensitive and secret, of matters affecting national security that they cannot in good confidence share with him — their President and Commander-in-Chief!*

    *THIS SITUATION* is untenable, unworkable, and gives rise to threats both domestic and foreign to the United States. *WE CANNOT NOW AFFORD THE LUXURY OF BEING AFRAID* Our moment, described as an “Inflection Point”, has come calling and in this election year of 2020, we have something to do — Let this be *OUR* remedy!

    *OUR NATION* ,imperfect, ever learning and self-correcting, possesses the keys to enjoy “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. Nevertheless there comes, from time to time, challenges to this ideal that require remediation. In these times we shall insist that our citizenship be recognized and counted, uncontested!

    *AMERICA WILL NOT BE DISGRACED ANY LONGER!*

    👉THIS PRESIDENT has been derelict in his duties,
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has undermined The Constitution of the United States,
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has committed crimes of human cruelty at our Nation’s southern border – potentially to include crimes against humanity,
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has been legally impeached,
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has not achieved any tangible act toward the betterment of the Nation,
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has withheld information he is required by law to produce,
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has verbally insulted our Servicemen and Servicewomen in our Nation’s military by calling them “suckers” for joining the service!
    👉THIS PRESIDENT has been curiously evasive amid investigations persuant to the nature of his relationship with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
    👉THIS PRESIDENT is openly encouraging extreme street violence at the level of complicity.

    _This list of offenses, while not exhaustive, provides more than enough cause to pursue criminal charges!_

    *ALL OF THE ABOVE IS CLEAR, IS OBVIOUS, AND IS TRUE; AS WELL, IT IS KNOWN TO BE TRUE BY ALL BRANCHES OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT, BY THE FBI, BY THE UNITED STATES MILITARY, et al; AND BY THE PEOPLE OF THIS NATION!*

    *BE IT KNOWN*
    *DONALD TRUMP, AS PRESIDENT, IS AN EXISTENTIAL THREAT TO THE UNITED STATES AND HE MUST BE DISMISSED FROM HOLDING OFFICE!*

    *THEREFORE:*
    *WE SHALL* lawfully heed any required safety measures due to COVID-19 without protest or complaint to include wearing face coverings, gloves, and practicing social distancing.

    *IN RETURN*
    *WE* will not tolerate any barriers, threats, obstructions, hindrances or intrigues of any kind by any party whether from inside the United States or abroad by design or effect that suppresses, deters, delays, denies, manipulates, interrupts, or otherwise alters *OUR CIVIL RIGHT AND OUR CIVIC DUTY TO CAST OUR VOTE INVIOLATE AS IT IS GUARANTEED BY THE LAW OF THE LAND — ON OR BEFORE ELECTION DAY — IN ORDER TO DO WHAT WE MUST IN THE NAME OF **_TRUTH_** AND **_JUSTICE_** TO REMOVE AND REPLACE THE PRESIDENT, DONALD TRUMP!*

  4. Caroline Mc Carney | September 7, 2020 at 8:28 AM | Reply

    Kushner and princess Ivanka now need to be investigated on how they got security clearance by Kelly and trump very dangerous times ahead

  5. V-O-T-E EARLY!

  6. Brian Thompson | September 7, 2020 at 8:41 AM | Reply

    When a candidate does not want people to vote, he knows he is not worth voting for.

  7. THE IMPORTANCE TO A DEMOCRACY AS BREATHING IS TO LIFE!!!

  8. The most powerfull non-violent tools are your Votes(VERY STRONG & POWERFULL WORDS) John Lewis was absolutely legend & right person.(history never lie)Your vote is very powerfull tool.

  9. Thank you mr. Meachem for speaking out of the importance of voting.

  10. In other words, VOTE.

  11. Richard Alexander | September 7, 2020 at 8:56 AM | Reply

    No matter how long it takes I will be voting in person. The more “in person” votes the more difficult it will be for Traitor tRump to claim the election was rigged. Too Big To Rig!!!!!

  12. Oh man. This was truly heartfelt. Nice to hear sensible and eloquent talk. Thank You!

  13. #SAVEAMERICA# VOTE BLUE 2020. STOP THE HATE AND SUFFERING IN AMERICA.

    • @rastaewabeach why is it you stupid Trumpers have to try and insult people. It is dumb(l am not, l have a graduate degree from a University), and such immature attacks demonstrate that you not only have limited cognitive ability, but a small vocabulary as well so that you have to try and intimidate people with your verbal violence. It doesn’t matter whether a city or state is run by the party you dislike. What matters is that the violence is perpetuated by and encouraged by your Republican president. Intelligence will always triumph over ill thought replies such as yours which lack cognitive substance.

    • Beverly Degrate | September 8, 2020 at 1:36 AM | Reply

      Build America Back Better with Biden and Harris 2020!!!

    • And remember, you can’t lose the game if you don’t play. Mail your ballot, and track it, so you don’t have to deal with trump’s, “militias,” trying to bully voters away from the polling stations. You KNOW if trump doesn’t want you to mail it, you REALLY SHOULD

    • @America First l guess you don’t know many Democrats. Most Republicans l know are voting for Biden

    • Obviously, you have bought into Trump’s projection. Everything you mentioned are Trump’s goal and antithetical to Democrats policies. Nice try though. Projection is easy to spot, by the way. Trump has done it so often it has become popular.

  14. The biggest damage to democracy is the electoral college. It takes away the choice of the majority of the people. One person, one vote.

    • @Molly Jo Simmons IF TRUE DEMOCRACY WOULD PREVAIL, IT MUST BE THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE, THE WILL OF THE AMERICANS, NOT JUST A REPRESENTATION – MEANING, POPULAR VOTE IS THE TRUE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.

    • @Daryl Elliott I believe there may be a need for a little information or education in the USA regarding the popular voting. All qualified voters can vote once (in an election period), all votes counted, all states are included, no state is left behind or inappropriately neglected when it comes to federal funding, health, education, etc., people are indispensable and become more involved in the election process… Electoral College is actually a hindrance to the voting rights of the people…but of course, many would not understand right away the true power of each individual vote.

    • Bobby McKnight | September 8, 2020 at 7:38 AM | Reply

      Learn how to total your votes, if your QB had more yards but the other team had more points you lose!

    • @James Tarr So you’re OK that a presidential vote in South Carolina is worth 2.5 times what a California vote is? I agree with the OP. One person, One vote

    • @Youneverknow Yes. otherwise people in smaller states wouldn’t have their concerns represented and never will unless somehow there was some weird massive migration out of larger states until their population fell below the smaller states. Imagine New York losing its entire population till it fell below that of Rhode Island. It realistically never will happen Sucks to be you if you just happen to have been born in smaller state through no fault of your own.
      The only way to get rid of the college would be if we lived in America, not the United States of America. Even then large cities or entire regions would decide everyone’s fate.
      I’ll say again, I am a liberal Democrat, lest you think I somehow am a far-right wing alt-right person.

  15. Trump has failed time and time again and we continue to pay the price. I am tired of being embarrased. #DontWalkRunAway

  16. “Mr. Meacham, that was AWESOME. You’re a WORD person 2.”

  17. Vote all 🔵 to Save America from Russian attack, from continued divisiveness and from fascism.
    Thank you!

    • Stephen Slattery | September 7, 2020 at 9:40 PM | Reply

      @Covfefe Yourself! your definition of right wing and liberal is obviously backwards. Facsimile is anti capitalism. Spending money is freedom, is why the Democrat party,expands the government, kills the economy. People without money, have no freedom. They have dependency on their oppressor. Democrats are the oppressor that wants you to be dependent. Not independent

    • Bobby McKnight | September 8, 2020 at 1:20 PM | Reply

      But you’re all commie fascist rioting in demorat cities to rid yourself of that vote RED Remove Every Demorat! Fixed it, You’re Welcome!

    • Bobby McKnight | September 8, 2020 at 1:22 PM | Reply

      @Stephen Slattery Do you feel like you’re talking to Dwight?

    • John DiGiacomo | September 8, 2020 at 6:39 PM | Reply

      Stephen Slattery, you never let your ignorance interfere with your stupidity. You don’t no what your talking about with facsism, or socialism, but that doesn’t stop you from displaying your stupidity. The most prosperous period in our history was the 1950’s when the top personal tax bracket was 91%, and the corporate tax rate was 52%, we built schools, infrastructure, hospitals, the middle class had disposable income, and minimum wage was a living wage. Those schools, and highways, and bridges were “socialist projects”. It was also a prosperous period for businesses.

    • @John DiGiacomo – 👏👏👏

  18. As an old man I’ve seen our grand experiment go through many ups and downs. But this administration is the first to actually plant the seeds of despotism in the United States.

    Save our republic! Do not let the government of the people, by the people, and for the people perish from the earth. Vote like your future depended on it, because it does.

    • The difference between our choice is very stark. One guy is a well-known for his decency and the other is known for being the biggest lying low-life to ever be in office. One guy is well-known for working his own way up and the other is known for squandering his inherited family fortune, one that he cheated his own kin to get a larger share. One guy is well-known for working in government most all his life and the other has no clue as to how US Government works at all even though he’s had over three years as POTUS.

  19. Prepare to live in a failed state should the Liar in Chief steal this election!

    • We are already there. Sad to say.

    • He’s done.

    • Stealing the election using Russian disinformation and voter suppression is the only way Trump could ever win. It’s too bad the Robert’s Court decided the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was no longer needed in states like Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, etc… Like their insane Citizens United, it will be right up there with Plessy vs Ferguson in history. What a terrible albatross to hang around Robert’s neck forever.

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  20. Dokterpedia.net | September 7, 2020 at 11:50 AM | Reply

    The most powerfull non-violent tools are your Votes(VERY STRONG & POWERFULL WORDS)John Lewis was absolutely right.Your vote is very powerfull tool.

    • Scarlet Pumpernickel | September 9, 2020 at 9:32 AM | Reply

      And words like yours
      are as poison to the whole truth.

    • #PumpernickelPerhapsPuzzled …? 🤔

    • I agree with Jon Meacham: I DON’T THINK WE SHOULD REALLY WORRY ABOUT THE POST OFFICE! VOTE AT THE BOARD EARLY IN PERSON IN OCTOBER(or whenever your location opens the polls) when there will be less of a crowd. Vote this Orange Monster and his evil GOP forces out of office. VOTE BIDEN/HARRIS 2020!

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