We’ll be getting up at 6AM to make sure we’re in line when the polls open at 7AM. I still have work tomorrow so an early start will be crucial to minimizing the chances of being late to work, though my boss has already told me that if I’m late because I’m voting it won’t be a problem. Anne works in the afternoon and Courtney doesn’t have school or work tomorrow so they’ll both be coming home and going back to bed for a few hours while I trudge off to earn the day’s pay.
A couple of election eve notes that I thought were worth sharing. First up is an amazing Obama endorsement from The Economist which is lengthy, but worth a read. Here’s the final paragraph which I think sums it up pretty well:
He has earned it
So Mr Obama in that respect is a gamble. But the same goes for Mr McCain on at least as many counts, not least the possibility of President Palin. And this cannot be another election where the choice is based merely on fear. In terms of painting a brighter future for America and the world, Mr Obama has produced the more compelling and detailed portrait. He has campaigned with more style, intelligence and discipline than his opponent. Whether he can fulfil his immense potential remains to be seen. But Mr Obama deserves the presidency.
The other one that I thought was interesting was how the Religious Right is absolutely on the verge of hysterical panic over not only the possibility of Obama winning, but of a Democrat dominated Congress. I’m on a couple of mailing lists including Donald E. Wildmon’s American Family Association just to keep abreast of what they’re communicating and I must say that watching them freak out has done me much good. Consider the following missive I got from them just a few moments ago:
The election of senators and representatives is very important. If the liberals win enough seats to kill a filibuster in the Senate, then there will be no stopping the damage they can do in just two years. Do we want that much power in the hands of liberals?
Activist justices who will be appointed to the Supreme Court for 20 to 40 years can make any law they wish, or override any law they wish. The liberals are already planning to remove every law prohibiting abortion, make homosexual marriage legal, and take away our religious and First Amendment freedoms.
A veto-proof Senate would guarantee that every bill the liberals want to pass, they can. In two short years, the liberals can undo every law that it has taken conservatives 40 years to accomplish.
When you vote for a senator, be sure that you keep this in mind! The election of one conservative senator could make the difference!
Oh I certainly will keep this in mind. The fact that you guys are running scared gives me hope for the future.
Most of their emails as of the past few weeks have been total fear mongering fests with repeated FOR CHRIST’S SAKE, THINK OF THE FUCKING CHILDREN! messages plastered in them repeatedly. The Religious Right has been in power for so long that they’re totally afraid of what will happen if they lose control. At least a couple of them have declared it to be the end of America or the actual Apocalypse. All I can say is I’m glad it’s almost done and over with. I’m so burned out on the whole process that I’m ready for the end. Not so burned out that I won’t be out there bright and early casting my vote for Obama, mind you, but burned out just the same.
And I hope all of you SEB regulars who can legally vote get out and do so as well regardless of which candidate you end up choosing. I hope you’ll join me in voting for Obama, but I’d be happy just to hear you participated at all. It’s important and it’s your civic duty and it’s way more patriotic than slapping a stupid flag magnet on your car.