If it really means so much to you, I have a solution.
From the Articles of Confederation:
Article Eleven: Canada, acceding to this Confederaton, and joining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; ...
No, seriously. Join up and then you get a vote!
The 51st state!
"We are--each of us--dying; it's how we live in the meantime that makes the difference."
"It's not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived!"
"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle."