In my nightmare, I spent all of election night ignoring the results as they came in after my guy had a strong lead in the exit polls.
So after I saw that my dude had the lead, I went online and started sending instant messages to friends and just talking to them about non-political stuff. I can’t remember what we discussed.
And in my dream, I went to sleep late at night, like a little child not knowing if Santa was going to bring me the Barbie spa like I asked him for when I told him earlier.
And I woke up, with a resounding “WTF just happened,” and I found e-mails from my friends, envisioning a “bloody Sunday,” and that once again, victory was ripped away after such hard work.
I still remember the disillusionment I felt after the 2004 election. My friends and I started this dialogue of e-mails. We were all just depressed about it, but none of us was wanting to give up and move to Canada just yet. And one of my friends said, “We will win this. We need Democrats like Obama.”
That was 2004. And soon enough, more people became interested in politics. In the way the world was being run and changing. People started telling their friends and hoping the world was better.
I really do want my candidate to win. But I don’t think the ones who are voting for other candidates are evil. I chose my candidate because I researched the candidates as they were running their campaigns. And the thing is, with this one – I just really want him to win. I’ve read his book, I’ve heard him speak, I’ve read his policies and when he says things, I think, “This is someone who makes sense.”
Other people who are voting in this election have different reasons. Some of them are prejudiced. Some of them are studied. Some of them are sick of the crap that’s going on – whether what they define as “crap” be a frighteningly conservative administration, or a decline in Christian “moral values.” Pick your poison.
But in my world, I don’t want anyone’s religious beliefs to speak for me or for anyone else. I want children to have good education and teachers who can inspire them to be great people.
In reading the news, I can tell a lot of other people are scared, too. I don’t know how things are going to turn out whenever so-and-so wins.
From what the news is saying today, it looks like my guy is winning. It’s just hard to believe. When we look at the past two elections and how they turned out after people fought so hard.
It’s a world in which Liddy Dole may lose and Al Franken may win. And a world in which we will have an historical Presidential ticket – no matter what. And more than likely, it’s a world in which our commander-in-chief may be a black man with a funny name.
I do know that no matter who wins, it will result in some frightening reactions from the extremes on both sides. And I do know that regardless of who sits as Commander-In-Chief, we have a fight ahead. We are already seeing the racism coming out of the woodwork. I say it’s about time it does.
It’s nice to know that in real life, you have a possibility to face the nightmare head-on. That you don’t have to feel helpless, and that if you truly want to change things, you can.
The first step you can take is to go to the polls on Tuesday and vote. No one will be watching. It’s just you and your conscience. It’s the most powerful thing you can do.