Wednesday, February 06, 2008

The hopeful vote

Last night I voted for Barack Obama.

No surprise there. I said I’d do it.

But here’s something I didn’t anticipate: For the first time in 20+ years of primaries and general elections, voting finally felt good.

In fact, it felt GREAT.

None of that icky better-of-two-evils after taste. No futility. No remorse.

I was finally voting for something and for someone rather than against something and against someone.

It was refreshing. I actually smiled.
“But Obama is inexperienced.”

Stop. Just stop. Please. You’re embarrassing yourself.

Bill Clinton and George Bush. Seasoned politicians.

This is what experience does:

It stains our global reputation and credibility. It leaves us vulnerable to the most devastating terrorist attack in U.S. history. It rapes our economy. Sodomizes our Constitution. And kills our soldiers in a war based on a lie.

This is what experience does to us.

But if that’s what you want – more of the same – then by all means, vote for the more experienced candidate.

Good luck with that.
I am listening to: Hopelessly Devoted to You – Olivia Newton-John
I am reading: Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn
And I am: A hopeful voter



Experience is what we get when we don't get what we want.


molly gras said...

I'm so glad you got to get your vote in -- my daughter (the nasty little blog lurkier) point blank asked me if I, like Hedy, was going to vote for Obama.

Wanting to stay politically neutral (because we run in an extremely conservative crowd), I wanted to refrain from answering her.

But I couldn't. I told her that -- in spite of my lily-livered political tendencies -- I expect I will cast my lot with Barack.

Dave said...

Molly, how old is daughter? I'm PG and Hedy is R plus.

molly gras said...

Almost fifteen (although, in her and my defense, she is a very mature and an open-to-dialogue kind of kid -- very trustworthy when it comes to sophisticated topics)

However, that being said, we are certainly in uncharted territory when it comes to access issues and social boundry conundrums. After this most recent access disclosure, I again reiterated my displeasure over her lurking ways and asked her (firmly!) to lurk elsewhere. She said she would (yeah! we'll see!). But the temptation to be "a part of" a grown-up venue (even if passively)is too enticing and exciting a thing to ignore.

So, regarding writing ratings, have no fear, if she has a reaction to anything you all post, I'm sure to hear about it and then I'll have to trot out my "No Tresspassing" lecture once more.

And then I'll sic Pos on her!

Posolxstvo said...

Dave -- there are many forms of R rating. Sure, Hedy talks about stuff usually discussed only among adults, but it isn't gratuitous, and our child has a good head on her shoulders. And I'm not worried about my child losing sight of the difference between right and wrong solely based on reading this.

Of course, this from the guy who was reading Slaughterhouse Five when he was 12. At the recommendation of my father.

So raise your eyebrows all you want, but it's all under control.

Hedy said...

For some reason I was proud of the R+ rating, but I'm even more proud of the "isn't gratuitous" comment.

Thanks, guys. :)