Monday I did my best to convince people I’m voting for the McCain/Palin ticket. I chasticized someone on Facebook how Mr. Palin is handsome and that’s why I would be electing McCain President of the United States of America.
Silliness aside though, my agenda was to see the issues from the other side. Not surprisingly, I’m a Democrat. Today I voted with my wife and our daughter for Mr. Obama. I voted in the fifth presidential election of my lifetime.
We took Baby Singe to the polls for her first time. What may surprise you is that I voted for three Republicans in local positions. I’m not about kicking people out of office who are doing a good job because they aren’t aligned with my chosen party. It’s about getting results and key issues which personally concern me: environment, education, foreign policy, gay rights, social programs, and our country’s global image.
I started blogging after the outcome of the 2004 election was determined. In fact, I think my first blog post was conceived the Wednesday following Election Day. I was down and out after Kerry narrowly lost in 2004. My wife and I donated much of our personal time during the final weeks of the campaign in an attempt to dethrone Mr. Bush. As we all know, Bush won and I set my cellphone countdown clock to November 4th, 2008. I was visibly disappointed for a couple weeks following the election.
What has changed in those four years? Way too many things to discuss on a preachy blog entry. However, let it be known I cast today’s ballot for someone who I believe will improve America’s standing in the world. I choose a candidate who I feel will take care of all Americans regardless of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender, sexual orientation, age, native tongue, etc. Barack, we’ve got your back! Thank you for running an honest campaign which allowed your supporters to believe in the country we call home.
I feel optimistic, more optimistic than in 2004! I got the chills today, twice. I’ve seen kids at busy street corners with signs encouraging adults to vote. They may not have a voice, yet, but they’re out there doing what they can to help. This is what makes America great. This is why I won’t be threatening to move to Canada like everyone does if their candidate doesn’t win the election. It’s about participating in the process. Even if we don’t get our desired outcome, we have to learn to work with the hand we’ve been dealt. Life can really suck at times and so can politics. Today we can bid farewell to vengeful political ads, change the course of history, and reshape America’s future!
NOTE: the Obama sign accompanying this post was removed from our yard on Election Night. I’m okay with this kind of theft.