I cannot bite my tongue one more time, and so you, dear internet, get a remedial English grammar lesson.
We are not German! We use capital letters with more restraint, and we do not use them for emphasis, no matter how important or exalted we feel an action or concept to be.
Governor Perry, I, too, believe that freedom and voting are profoundly important. Neither they nor you become more important, however, by being capitalized. The sacrifice too many Americans have made will not be diminished by my refusal to puff up my own patriotism by using capital letters incorrectly to impart import.
Furthermore, neither honest statesmen nor the constitution are diminished or debased by being written about with lower case letters.
Please, practice responsible capitalization. If you absolutely must do something to emphasize a word, phrase, or sentence, use bold or italic version of your typeface to do so.
In the meantime, Governor Perry, if you’re not actually going to fund public education at meaningful levels, at least try to set a good example for the children when you wield the English language in public.
This post is dedicated to a woman whose voice will always echo through my head as I imagine her shouting “We are not German!” in remonstrance to her staff. Not even direct response mailing for the cause warrants or excuses random capitalization. You know who you are, my friend!