November 2, 2004

VOTE, DAMMIT!

The polls are already open in most of the country. Get the heck out and vote, wherever you are.

You might hear or read of some voter suppression efforts by the Republican Party on behalf of Bush. DON’T PAY ATTENTION, JUST GO AND VOTE.

If you stay home, the thugs have already won, no matter who takes the election. By showing up to vote, you affirm your desire for this country to remain one where the people have a voice. You will win a personal victory, at the very least. You will participate in revolution without firing a shot.

They hope you will lose heart. Don’t. People have died for the right to vote. You will prevail over some lowlife Republican operative. In many areas there will be people at the polls to help protect your right to vote. But they can’t help you if you’re home—you have to go.

Americans: you live in one of the greatest countries in the world. But you may think to yourself “big money and powerful interests are so arrayed against me, what’s the point.” Look at all the talk over the last 2 years about the popular vote. People are watching. The world is watching. No matter what state you are in, your vote will count. Why? Voting for Kerry in a blue state will help to legitimize his presidency by showing more general support. So if you think your Kerry vote doesn’t count because you’re in a blue state, think again. Every vote is needed.

So get off your bottom and get out there!

I know I’m preaching to the converted. But on the off chance that I reached one person, thank you for listening.

But it’s already clear that the people of Florida - and, I believe, America as a whole - have refused to give in to cynicism and spin.

Far from being discouraged by what happened in 2000, they seem to realize more than ever - and better than those of us in the chattering classes - what a precious thing the right to vote really is. And they are determined to exercise that right.

And it’s not just in Florida. Similar stories are coming in from across the country, wherever early voting is allowed: everywhere, huge numbers of voters are coming to the polls, determined to exercise their democratic rights.

I hope you are right, Paul Krugman, because we need to feel the next president has won a decisive victory. Whomever wins, it will be better for all of us if it happens with either a large margin of votes or simply an unprecedented voter turnout. Both would be nice.

(Thanks, Greg for pointing me to this Op-Ed.

Posted by James at November 2, 2004 1:55 AM
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In the last bit of news I will have hear until tomorrow morning (my self-imposed news blackout), BBC reported this morning that the three major US networks have decided that it is more important to be right than to be first with the results.

No more folksy witticisms from Dan the Man this time around. Darn.

Posted by: Patti M. at November 2, 2004 11:41 AM

Florida goes to Bush...No Kerry...No Bush..No Kerry...red... no, blue. ahhhhhhhhh

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at November 2, 2004 12:38 PM

Well, that leaves FOX free to call every state for Bush except Massachusetts and claim landslide. :)

Posted by: briwei at November 2, 2004 6:41 PM

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