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Neil Rickoff



While visiting the Birmingham Museum of Art I came across two paintings that had to do with the events of the American Revolution. The first piece was the surrender and arrest of Benedict Arnold, who was a traitor to the colonial forces and an informant for the British during the revolution. Arnold was a general in the colonial military before defecting to the British, who then welcomed him into their forces as a Brigadier General. He was in command of the West Point military base which he had planned to surrender over to the British before being discovered to be a traitor. After being discovered of Treason in 1780, he was allowed to leave by George Washington and then joined the British military in 1781, although with the lingering reputation of failure which also affected his payment from the British Government and also earned him the disrespect of his forces in the British military despite coming back to seize Richmond, Virginia by surprise before being forced and awaiting evacuation or reinforcement. The Second Painting was of Navy Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry who was also known as the "Hero of Lake Erie" for his decisive win over the British Navy at the Battle of Lake Erie where he was able to commandeer the entire squadron of six ships while only taking 27 casualties, whereas the British suffered 41 casualties, and the capture of the remaining forces. The battle of Lake Erie happened in 1812 and was a major turning point in the revolution.

Good day to you all, my name is James T. Sockpuppet, and I want to be your next president in the upcoming election of 1816, and I’m running on the Democratic-Republican ticket. It’s clear to me and to several others in this great nation of ours that things need to change. It’s the 1800’s and its about time we act like it. Not long ago we won our independence from the British Empire, yet not everybody in this country can exercise that independence, namely, the fairer sex among us. Our women have sat in the shadows for far too long without any way to get involved in the way our country is run, and lets not forget, our country is their country also. Our choices have always impacted them just as much as them, so why silence their voices from the political theater? Aside from not making any sense to me, it also seems like an outdated way of thinking that needs to change from our politics. If elected I intend to change that, letting women have an equal voice in politics will be the first matter of business I intend to change. By allowing women to vote in elections, our country will be able to have a more diverse voice in politics, but allowing them to vote isn’t the only thing that women should have a right to, being able to have an active role in politics will also be something to change. In the history of other great nations, women have been able to play an equal part of multiple fields such as art, literature, education and yes, even politics, so why is that not the case here in America? Where we claim to be a “free” nation? Its time to start thinking forward and not just sticking to what we know because it’s a comfortable way of thinking. Vote James T. Sockpuppet this Election Day. Thank you.