Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Obama is the One for Me (Peggy Seeger)

It is Election Day, people - if you have not already voted (early or by absentee), you have from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. today to make your voice heard, your ballot count and your inalienable right honored!

It is a privilege to be able to go to the polls and express our opinion (in valid, legitimate form) for the candidates/amendments we feel will best serve us over the next four years and beyond - so far, voter turnout has been heavy... and today will be no exception. My husband and daughter are going first thing this morning, my son in Orlando already voted and my other son and I are going about 1:30 in the afternoon - since our precinct is close, we will walk, making our statement green as well as democratic... :-)

Bring on the change, bring on the hope - tomorrow is another day (in a good way, Scarlett!).

[ Added 11:35 a.m. - After you vote, come into any participating U.S. Starbucks store on November 4th, and tell us you voted and receive one 12 fl.oz. cup of brewed coffee. Limit one per person. Good while supplies last. See this video. ]

SONG: Obama is the One for Me by Peggy Seeger

Moyers on Democracy by Bill Moyers

POEM: Suffering Democracy by Ken Waldman

Instead of a gun, or knife,
or pill, or drink. Or punching
the wall, the dog, screaming
at kids. Or holding
too many pains too deep--
brutal parents, cruel lovers,
bad bosses, debts, illnesses,
dying friends, extinct creatures,
absent God, near-ruined planet.

First, grip a pen, and write.
Then, pick a place, and plant.
Then, be patient, and let grow.
Then, enter a small booth,
pull around the blue curtain,
kiss that ballot and vote.

QUOTE: "Democracy is… the conviction that there are extraordinary possibilities in ordinary people." ~ Harry Emerson Fosdick

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