August 29, 2014

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Hopefully we as Americans never take for granted the wonderful privilege of voting

What once was a fought for opportunity of freedom has become a resented duty or even worse an often neglected privilege among Americans. With many things that come too easily also  comes neglect.

Before the hard fought and costly battle to break free from Great Britain, there was no citizenry or government to vote for or within. Then after years of struggle, America became its own nation and a privileged few could vote.

The United States presidential election of 1788–1789 was the first presidential election in the United States of America and the only election to ever take place in a year that is not a multiple of four. The election took place following the ratification of the United States Constitution in 1788. In this election, George Washington was elected for the first of his two terms as president, and John Adams became the first vice-president.

Before this election, the United States had no chief executive. Under the previous system agreed to under Articles of Confederation, the national government was headed by the Confederation Congress, which had a ceremonial presiding officer and several executive departments, but no independent executive branch.