Monday, November 3rd, 2008 • No Comments on Vote.
I haven’t blogged much about the election. I have posted a number of links on my Tumblr blog and I don’t think my politics are a secret. I voted for Hillary Clinton in the primaries and am still disappointed she didn’t get the nomination. She has the experience, she has the strength, but she was also carrying too much baggage. And, let’s not forget, she’s no beauty queen like Sarah Palin.
I like Obama, I believe in his message. I want him to win. I posted this four years ago the day after Bush won a second term in office and I will re-post this on Wednesday if McCain wins:
If you voted for George W. Bush yesterday, I hope you’re not African-American. Or Asian-American. Or Muslim. Or any other non-Christian religion.
I hope you’re not a woman. I hope you’re not between the ages of 18 and 40.
I also hope you’re not poor. I hope you’re not a member of, or married to, the military.
I hope you’re not a college student, small business owner or minimum wage worker.
I hope you’re not gay or bisexual.
I hope you’re not a writer or artist, and if you are, I hope your work is only the most innocent and innocuous of writing and art.
I hope you’re not a teacher, or a student.
I hope you’re not elderly. I hope you don’t have a chronic disease that requires expensive medical treatment.
I hope no one you love is any of these things, either.
In other words, if you voted for George W. Bush, I hope you are an upper middle class, straight, white Christian male over the age of 40. Otherwise, you might get what you deserve.
And if you didn’t bother to vote at all, I hope the next four years are memorable for you.
I am not particularly savvy when it comes to politics. I’m too much of an idealist for that. But I honestly believe voting for John McCain is voting for more of the kind of politics we’ve seen for the past eight years. I honestly believe voting for Barack Obama is a vote for hope, nonpartisan politics and a better future for the country. I honestly believe that.
Vote tomorrow. Vote for what you believe, even if you don’t believe what I do. It’s a privilege to vote. There are people who are willing to travel 9,300 miles just to make sure their votes count. So, whatever you have going on tomorrow, however busy you are, however long the lines at the polls might be, take the time to vote. Be thankful that you can. I know I am.
I will be up watching the returns until I can’t keep my eyes open any longer. I will be hoping for the best—for all of us.