Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Can't We Just All Get Along?

I voted early this year. During the Presidential Primaries - my husband and I waited in line for an hour and a half to cast our votes. We didn't want to do that again so we got early ballots. I'm sure that who and what I voted for are really no secret. I am a conservative gal with a conservative background. While I really wished Mitt would have won the primary in Arizona just to show the country that not all Arizonans love John McCain, I support McCain for president.

I also support Sarah Palin for Vice President, I think she is a rock star. She has consistently stood up for what she believes even when she had to cross her own party to do it. I don't really think the argument of her (lack of) experience holds water, she has all kinds of life experience and leadership experience. I do believe that 24 hours from now or a week, a month or a year from now, whether she is Vice President or not- we have not seen the last of her.

This election has been a great learning experience for my children. They have had the chance to "vote" in their schools and we have taken the opportunity to talk to our kids about the propositions that are on the ballot. On Halloween, however, Morgan learned about politics in a different way. As mentioned yesterday, Morgan dressed as Sarah Palin. At some doors she was greeted warmly with "I'm voting for you" and "I think you are great". At other doors people took her picture or told her how much she really does resemble Sarah Palin. Sadly, at some doors she was not greeted very kindly, including one group of people sitting on their driveway handing out candy who said "Republicans are not welcome here" and then didn't give her any treats. She is a child for heaven's sakes! She is not a politician! When that happened I was wishing that Kelly B's husband Jake was still walking with me so that I could have sicked him on them for breaking a girl's heart.

I really will be glad when all of this over and there can be some peace restored. I read this quote today on the Millennial Star blog. "I’m not an Obama fan, particularly, but a lot of people I like and respect are. To treat Obama as something evil or subhuman would not only be disrespectful toward Obama, but toward them. Instead, I hope that if Obama is elected, their assessment of his strengths will turn out to be right, and mine will turn out to be wrong. Likewise, those who don’t like John McCain or Sarah Palin might reflect that by treating Palin and McCain as obviously evil and stupid, they’re disrespecting tens of millions of their fellow Americans who feel otherwise."

Truer words...


Shauna said...

Happy Voting Day :)

Beeswax said...

I totally agree. But I'm glad Jake wasn't there. He gets way too worked up about politics and team sports. I learned not to go to his softball games a long time ago. I'm always afraid he's going to spout off just a little too much and get pummeled by someone who is better with their hands than their words.

I went in with my eyes open, though. When I first met him, at age 18, he would call me from Republican Headquarters, where he liked to hang out and shoot the breeze about George Sr.

VarneyFam said...

I have a treat fo Morgan and she really looks like Palin too ;) That quote says it all!

Heather said...

I hope Morgan didn't mind the rude neighbors out there! She looks gorgeous! Today is the big day, good luck on the phones later today!

Miss Pickle said...

wow! she is such a cute palin!


McCain & Palin won in my state... but not across the country! OBAMA won.... i still can't believe it!?!!?!

i hope he does some good things for our country :)

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

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Pam said...

I can't believe rude people. Jo, I'm surprised that you didn't go over there and give them the what for... I know you have it in you :)
I like your quote here. So true - just because we have a different political preference doesn't mean we can't be civil(especially to children for heaven's sake).
I have had to remind myself everything happens for a reason so I am willing to see what kind of Change Obama can bring. It might even be funny when we have to say I told you so to all who think he is going to make everything right all of a sudden...cause that's not going to happen.

Early Ballot Voting Is Da Bomb. Never standing in lines again...priceless!

One Sassy Mama said...

I can't imagine adults being rude to a little cutie pie like Morgan--I do not appreciate it one bit.

Yesterday, we had democrat discrimination in Savannah's and Austin's class. The kids were all talking about who they would vote for if they could. Sav & Aus and one other kid were Obama supporters--not my idea by the way. But, they caught such flak for it that by the end of the day Aus was in tears because one kid told him that Obama was a baby killer, Obama's dad was involved in the 9-11 attack, and that Obama is an evil "muglin"--neither of the twins were even sure what that was--heehee.

Who would've thunk politics could affect 10 year olds so much?

Jolene said...

Nic - What is a muglin?

One Sassy Mama said...

it's a cross between a muggle and a muslim--I think. hehe

Alishia said...

You're great, Jolene!! I agree that things tend to get out of hand at election time. It's good to be involved and informed, but come on, let's still be adults here.

Poor Morgan! I have a whole bag of candy for her. Our neighborhood was a ghost town. You send her over. She looked fantastic!!