On March 7th, 1965, 600 people lined up to walk from Selma to Montgomery, to march for voting rights.
When they tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge over the Alabama River, they were met by state troopers. They were attacked with tear gas, bullwhips, and nightsticks.
It became known as Bloody Sunday, and the national outcry over the brutality that day led to the enactment, exactly 45 years ago today, of the Voting Rights Act.
The progress made since then is remarkable.
But the expansion of voting rights for millions did not happen overnight. It was the product of a continued struggle, by many people, over many years.
People suffered and died for the right to vote. In Chicago, where two political operatives were jailed for vote fraud, a Democratic Machine Alderman equated their fraud with spitting on the sidewalk. He stated the Inspector General stole Democracy by investigating and having the operatives prosecuted.
This Alderman, Bernie Stone is a shameful disgrace. Through his statements, he has spit on the death and suffering of people who demanded their God given right to vote. He has taken us back to an ugly era in our country.
Vote fraud is just as bad as denying people the right to vote. It is a vicious theft of Democracy. It goes against everything we believe in as Americans. We not only have a right to vote, we have a right to expect honest elections and honest vote counts. Bernie Stone does not believe that.
It is time to send Alderman Bernie Stone a message. It is time to tell him to resign and never run for public office again. Enough is enough!