February 3rd

February 3rd is known as Ngay thanh lap Dang in Vietnam.  It’s the day the Communist Party of Vietnam was founded in the year 1930, and the anniversary is celebrated every year on this day.

Sixty years earlier on February 3rd, the 15th Amendment to the Constitution is ratified in the United States of America, ensuring the “right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”

The Communist ideology and the 15th Amendment may seem incongruous, but the reasons for both are actually, in a way, the same: to make sure everyone feels like they matter; like they’re part of something.  Whether either achieved their goal, or whether either system is the best equipped to achieve it, is another story, but the goal is important.  When everyone feels like they’re part of something, when they have a vested interest, they want it to succeed, and nothing needs to succeed more than a society of people- from top to bottom, because every person does matter.

Of course representation doesn’t come free.  There is no representation without taxation, so it only makes sense that the 16th Amendment, which authorized the Federal Government to collect income tax, was also ratified on a February 3rd, this one in 1913.   Sometimes, you have to take a little bit of bad with the good.


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