Thursday, November 06, 2008

Election Day

Sorry I am a little late getting this post out. Had a little technical difficulty. Since I kind of lost the moment, I'll just mostly let the pictures speak of themselves:

Voting booths

Woke up nice and avoided the lines.


Got one of these ... (the ethnic version. Does it only come in English and Spanish?)

IMG_0323 I can get a free one of these


and washed down with a free one of these.

Didn't get what I wanted the most, the Ben and Jerry's ice cream, but none of these made me want to vote anymore than before. I think I've only missed voting in an election once or twice since turning 18. Call me a political romantic, but I like being a part of the process. I even purposely passed on the early mail-in voting because I wanted to be in line on election day. Makes me feel so much more involved. So the high turnout Tuesday was what made me most proud to be an American. Let your voice be heard!

OK since this is my soapbox, a quick word about what I am least proud of in this election (and every election). I hate people who threatens to leave the country if their candidates lose. I'm glad they show passion for their candidate and you should show your support, but in a democracy, one side loses. That's how it works. It's not, "if I didn't get my way I'm going to play ball in someone else's yard." A majority of the people wanted one thing, so at least for the time being, that's how it's going to be. If you don't like it, there are still plenty of things you can do to change, or at least alter that outcome. That's checks and balances, also a part of democracy. This all works if we all just follow the rules, which convenient can be changed as well, if the majority of the people want it to. So please, love the whole system, not just the part that best serves you.

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