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Why the Homeless Must Vote You held out your hand and said you needed helping They gave you a pathetic look and kept on stepping The acrid rain came down and it soaked up into your shoes You thought you had pneumonia but it was the homeless blues You had not voted when you had a home You had not voted when you had a job You did not vote when domestic violence was not a problem You did not vote when the house was not on fire And surely you did not vote when you were out of your head on drugs and alcohol Would you be concerned and would anything have been different if you had been a registered voter and had voted When you heard someone say it can happen to any one of use would you have thought that they could have been talking about your future For a multitude of reasons both legitimate and illegitimate any one of us can again become homeless With that concern in mind the issues and positions of the homeless should be more immediate in the need for your attention That concern should dictate that you not take for granted the duties of a citizen and not have to rely on the kindness of strangers nor be dependent on those who perhaps did vote To vote is to use the greatest weapon a citizen has at his disposal in a democracy To vote is to fight that corner of apathy in our communities our institutions in our homes and in the homes that we once had To register to vote and vote by homeless people is a tool that was not always afforded the indigent and some of the harsh realities of needing certain kinds of assistance is profoundly significant in that you are in the eye of the storm at the moment you
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