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Are we really gonna win this election thing?

I woke up from a nightmare less than an hour ago.

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.

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  • Britta November 2, 2008, 8:08 pm

    Tuesday can’t get here fast enough. This election has been exhausting.

  • Brandi Shae November 2, 2008, 9:05 pm

    I really want Obama to win too. I’ve got two things to say here. The racism is coming out. My boss, a 73 year old “oil man” proclaimed to one of his good old boys in the room next to me that somebody needs “to kill that God D*** N***** and anybody voting for him is crazy!” I couldn’t believe my ears. I’m already looking for different employment and unemployment options.

    The next thing is my ballot. I am registered in Ark but am in Colorado for the time being and won’t be able to make it down there on Election Day. I started the absentee process in August. Arkansas said they sent my ballot out on the 30th of Sept and I never received it. Two weeks ago, after not receiving it, I started making calls. The first 3 calls I made, they said there was nothing they could do. Finally I got to speak with a lawyer for the Secretary of State in Ark and he told me to notarize an affidavit stating I didn’t receive my first ballot and promise to not vote twice. This was on the 24th of this month. I called the voting offfice for where I am registered and told them that I would be overnighting the affidavit and they were authorized to send me another ballot. I spent 38 dollars doing this. She said that she sent my second ballot out on the 27th and today, the 2nd, it is still not here and I am quite certain I won’t be able to vote. I’m so pissed. The worse part is there is no one to report this to. I don’t understand how two ballots get lost in the mail.

  • Bellesouth November 2, 2008, 9:17 pm

    That is really scary, Brandi! Do they not know how to send certified letters? Wow. WOW.

    But you CAN reporter this! Go to

  • Gaia November 2, 2008, 9:35 pm

    Here in Oregon, we do the mail-in ballot thing. I’ve always thought it was a little strange, but I’ve never missed an election. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I appreciate you reminding people to vote. I think sometimes life gets busy, and this is just too important a task to forget.

  • Bellesouth November 2, 2008, 10:13 pm

    It saddens me when I think about people who don’t and aren’t voting. I wonder what the turnout is going to be.

  • Tisha November 2, 2008, 11:35 pm

    I know how you feel. Last election was the first time I was able to vote and I was pretty upset with the result. I was living in Florida at the time, so I’m convinced that somehow my vote was thrown out hahaha. I really hope this year is different. I want my guy to win too. I voted earlier in the week, so the waiting is really getting to me.

  • Bellesouth November 2, 2008, 11:56 pm

    All I know is I will NOT be sleeping through the election. I’ve got work to do that night. :)


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