Well. I voted yesterday. Early. Stood in line at the local playground campus at Brook Run for 1.5 hours and it was winnnnndy and cold! So I called Dad and asked him to deliver a White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks. When he arrived, the crowd applauded him for such a chivalrous act. I sipped in comfort for the rest of the morning. By the way, the picture of Anton relates to this article for one reason: he's cute and is ON a Brook Run playground ride. :)
People were remarkably well-behaved in line. I heard no jabs at either candidate, which pleased me. At least I could cast my vote in relative peace. You all know I voted for McCain, not because I dislike Obama or really like McCain, but because I'll always vote for the more balanced candidate of the two. But it strikes me that this election is not about balance or logic or anything involving the left hemisphere of our brains. Rather, it's an appeal to our emotional state as a country, that seems to be winning the vote. Obama is the more charismatic of the two, he's got the right tone, gesture and his delivery is beautifully mastered.
The country is in such a state of panic, and needs to be comforted. That's why a positive message of HOPE and CHANGE sits well with us. What people do NOT want to hear is what "good workers" we Americans are and that it will take a lot more work from us to pull each other out of this mess. People want to be saved, not encouraged to work harder. They want to believe that the jobs they have are there own and belonging to them, not the right or property of their employer. I believe differently, it's not my job, it's my employer's job and I am blessed to have it.
Oh how I wish McCain had a better speech writer.
But I will admit, that if Obama wins the election, that he will heal many emotional wounds from a great number of Americans. And right now everyone just wants to feel a little safer and prouder of our country.
I was at the bank the other day and an African American teller was helping me. The TV was playing pieces of the latest Obama speech and the look on her face was priceless. "Wouldn't it be wonderful...?" she said. I agreed. She said she was making a scrapbook for her daughter about Obama's rise. I thought it was a great idea. So if he wins, I'll be thinking of that little girl. And her mother. And I will support my president as best I can.