National Geographic : 1928 Nov
Spea ALMOST every other person you meet today is grumbling about something connected with government and almost every other man or woman you meet neglected to vote on last Presidential Elec tion Day. Often you hear them say, "What's the use of voting? My vote won't change the result." Many of the men and women who should have cast their ballots in 1924 must have talked like that, for only 52 percent of them voted. America has faced many crises. She has made laws, amended laws, abolished laws. She has kept step with changing world conditions. But many old problems remain unsolved. New ones will arise. Your government will be as sound and wise as you and other Americans make it. You have great re sponsibility and great power. It is your duty to exercise that power. And the way to exercise it is through your vote. Do not neglect it. In 1920, 54,053,000 citizens of the United States were eligible to vote. Only 26,674,171 voted-approximately 49 percent. In 1924, out of a total of 56,215,000 men and women who should have voted, only 29,091,417 did about 52 percent. Most good Americans are willing to abide by the will of the majority. The trouble is that many of us are not sure that the will of the majority is being expressed. LUp! By failing to vote, you offer encour agement to the political plunderer and other unscrupulous persons who are eager to profit by the op portunity you give them. Only by voting can the majority of Ameri cans holding like opinions dictate their wishes and save themselves from the danger of being governed by a minority holding opposite opinions. Your next President will not be a despot or a dictator. He will not make or unmake laws, but he has great power and influence and will go into office bound to use them to bring about the kind of gov ernment wanted by those who elected him. '' ifFr rF, zFRr Fui4', i. Once in four years you are called upon to vote for a President and thereby help to solve great problems. Let no private affairs prevent you from doing your duty to your country on Election Day. Be a good citizen. Go to the polls on November 6th and vote. When about one-half of the voters neglect their duty the country is governed not by a majority of the people - but merely by a majority of the minority. In 1928 America needs every possible vote so that the will of the real majority may be known. No one else can speak for you on Election Day. Speak for yourself. Vote. HALEY FISKE President. METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY-NEW YORK Biggest in theWorld, More Assets, More Policyholders, More Insurance in force, More new Insurance eachyear "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."