I was reading my email yesterday, when I came upon this gem on a web forum. I don’t know the original author, but I think he makes a good case for his reasons as to why he didn’t vote for Barack Obama.
As is my usual custom, I posted interesting and related links where I thought they’d be appropriate. I also included a few pix from my photoblog (Bobolee Pix) as well. I spent some time working on it this weekend, and I think it has a fresh, new look. Hope you like it…
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I’m a middle-class white guy living in Jacksonville, Florida. I’ve got a wife and two kids.
Because the kids had no school today, I took a vacation day from work, and took the kids downtown to vote early. Fifty-nine minutes later, two smiling children and I proudly sported “I Voted” stickers.
But I didn’t vote for Obama.
I voted for my ancestors, who believed in the promise of this country and came with with nothing as immigrants.
I voted for my parents, who taught in the public schools for decades.
I voted for Steve, an acquaintance of mine from Kentucky (killed by an IED two years ago in Iraq).
I voted for Shawn, another who’s been to Iraq twice, and Afghanistan once, and who’ll be going back to Afghanistan again soon — and whose family earned eleven bucks a month too much to qualify for food stamps when the war started.
I voted for April, the only African-American girl in my high school — it was years before it occurred to me how different her experience of our school must have been.
I voted for my college friends who are Christian, Jewish, Mormon, and yes — Muslim.
I voted for my grandfathers, who worked hard in factories and died too young.
I voted for the plumber who worked on my house, because I want him to get a REAL tax break.
I voted for a bunch of dead white men who, although personally flawed, were willing to pledge their lives, fortunes, and sacred honor, and used a time of great crisis to expand freedom rather than suspend it.
I voted for all those people and more, and I voted for all of you, too. But mostly, I voted selfishly. I vote for two little kids, one who has ballet in an hour, and once who has baseball practice at the same time.
I voted for a world where they can be confident that their government will represent the best that is in this country, and that will in turn demand the best of them. I voted for a government that will be respected in the world. I voted for an economy that will reward work above guile.
I voted for everything I believe in.
Sure, I filled in the circle next to the name Obama, but it wasn’t him I was voting for — it was every single one of us, and those I love most of all.
Who else is there to vote for?
Leave your mark. The future depends on it.
Peace and Rice,