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    1) Election Comic Strip Story --

    The Candidate Sam Election Campaign story:
    Sam sees Herb, a very eloquent speaker, who is campaigning without challenge or controversy. Sam decides to declare himself a candidate. After canvassing the electorate, he chooses various strategies to win (including a great debate with Herb). Voters react negatively to the comment Sam makes, " If we don't go slowly, I will veto everything." The adverse election results disappoint Sam. However, he is a gracious loser in the face of Herb/'s jubilant victory celebration. It/'s also clear that Sam is the one with charisma.

    Note: Participation in the political process is of one many, many reasons the United States of America is a unique country. One of the most important is that America is a democratic nation where citizens are free to choose leaders.

    For a link to the 12 comic strips, grouped into 4 images of 3 strips each, click here:

  • Comic Strips #1,#2,#3
  • Comic Strips #4,#5,#6
  • Comic Strips #7,#8,#9
  • Comic Strips #10,#11,#12

  • Controversy -- ELECTION --

  • Eloquent -- ELECTION --

  • Declare -- ELECTION --

  • Candidate -- ELECTION --

  • Strategy -- ELECTION --

  • Bunk -- ELECTION --

  • Canvass -- ELECTION --

  • Veto -- ELECTION --

  • Adverse -- ELECTION --

  • Jubilant -- ELECTION --

  • Gracious -- ELECTION --

  • Charisma -- ELECTION --

  • Clue: lists 48 cliches and quotes from the election process category.
  • 16 Election cliches and quotes:

  • Throw your hat into the ring,
    Politics makes strange bed fellows,
    Hell bent for election,
    Vote with your feet,
    Those who can fairly carry an election can also suppress a rebellion,
    Ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets,
    Put my foot in my mouth,
    Jumping on the bandwagon,
    If you can not take the heat-stay out of the kitchen, You can not judge a book by its cover,
    It is not whether you win or lose, it is how you play the game,
    Throw in the towel,
    Skeletons in the closet,
    Caught between a rock and a hard place,
    Straight as an arrow,
    A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush,

  • More Election cliches and quotes:

  • Love it or leave it,
    Another face in the crowd,
    Give an inch, take a mile,
    Do not make a mountain out of a molehill,
    The old gray mare just is not what she used to be,
    Hindsight is 20-20,
    If wishes were horses then beggars would ride,
    A chain is only as strong as its weakest link,
    If at first you do not succeed, try and try again,
    The buck stops here,
    Opportunity only knocks once,
    Always a bridesmaid, never a bride,
    The squeaky wheel gets the grease,
    Do not count your chickens before they hatch,
    The end justifies the means,
    Where do you hang your hat?, Do not put the horse before the cart.
  • 16 more cliches:

  • The lesser of two evils,
    It takes all kinds,
    Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never harm me,
    Where there is smoke-there is fire,
    Give him/her enough rope to hang him/herself,
    That is like closing the barn door after the horse escapes,
    You can lead a horse to water but you can not make it drink,
    Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades,
    You can not judge a book by its cover,
    There are only two certain things in life: death and taxes,
    Let us run it up the flagpole and see who salutes,
    Do not put all your eggs in one basket,
    It is not over until it's over,
    Cheat/fool me once, shame on you BUT Cheat/fool me twice, shame on me!,
    He who hesitates is lost,
    Whistle stop

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    Vocabulary Word List:
    Election Vocabulary Word List:
    adverse, bunk, candidate, canvass, charisma, controversy, declare, eloquent, gracious, jubilant, strategy, veto

    Election Comic Strip Story --

    1)  Discussion of a question where opposing opinions are expressed (noun)
    Root VERS = turn

    2)  Being forceful and fluent n speaking (adjective)
    Root LOQU = speak

    3)  To make clearly known (verb)
    Root CLAR = clear

    4)  One who seeks an office or honor (noun)
    Root CANDID = white, clear, sincere

    5)  Broad plans for attainment of a goal (noun)
    Root STRAT = an army, a general

    6)  Empty, insincere or foolish thought (noun)
    Root of this word is an eponym from an actual election story in Buncombe County, NC.

    7)  To go through places asking for opinions or sentiments (noun)
    Root CANNIBIS = hemp (clothe)

    8)  To refuse to admit or approve (verb)
    Root VETARE = to forbid

    9)  Opposed to one's interest (adjective)
    Root VERS = turn

    10)  Showing or expressing great joy (adjective)
    Root JUBIL = to shot for joy

    11)  Marked by kindness and courtesy (adjective)
    GRAC = thankful, pleasing

    12)  Having some divinely inspired power as to prophesy or performing miracles (noun)
    Root CHARIS = grace

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