Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Today’s the day: VOTE!

Democracy is …
the conviction that there are
extraordinary possibilities
in ordinary people.

~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

My daughter is worried about me. Today being election day here in the U.S., she’s wondering what I’m going to do with myself tomorrow. And for the rest of my life.

I’ve been busy since the most recent blog break began: busy with family illnesses (my dad is being released from the hospital again today, my mother-in-law continues to improve), with family fun (spent Halloween with my youngest granddaughter) and with many new friends working hard to elect a President.

I’ve helped make hundreds of campaign buttons, posters and signs; worked in our local Democratic headquarters; knocked on doors and made phone calls; put myself in situations that were uncomfortble because, for the first time in my life, it really matters to me who gets elected. And I believe my vote counts.

By uncomfortable, I mean I’ve been asking strangers if they’ve registered to vote. If they’re undecided, I ask what their issue is. I’ve done this in red-state West Virginia and in the toss-up states of Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. If they’ve already voted for Obama, I thank them.

If McCain got their vote, I still thank them. Because, while voting is important, it’s even more important to be civil and polite and respectful of individual rights and opinions.

(By the way, McCain may have his Joe the Plumber, but I have Tom the Exterminator. And Greg the UPS Driver.)

My husband and I are having a party tonight. We’re expecting a couple dozen people and a big celebration. We’ve made party favors (of course!), printed electoral maps, made tons o’ food and cued up the victory music.

Let’s hope we get to use it.

Everyone at the party gets a clipboard (with an Obama sticker), pink and blue highlighters (to fill in their electoral maps) and a bottle of M&Ms labeled thusly:

Speaking for myself, I can use a little medicine today.


Shauna said...

OMG i am so nervous for you! i am nervous for the world!

and how very cool, all your hard work and dedication :) proud to know you!

PastaQueen said...

Thanks for doing all that work! I voted early and I'm crossing my fingers I'll be celebrating tonight.

D said...

I was thinking about you and, lo and behold, a new post is up! I'm so glad you were able to donate so much of your time to the campaign. It is invigorating and inspiring work, and you can count yourself as one of the people who made this election happen. Because it's going to happen :)

Laura N said...

Hey lady. I was thinking of you when WV went red, how disappointed you'd be even though Obama won. But I didn't realize you were working multi states. So, WOW! You made a difference.

BTW, if you haven't read my blog lately, you should read my post-election post. I know I'm not the only Republican to switch sides.

Hope you are enjoying the victory.