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Election Jitters

In Politics on October 26, 2008 at 12:01 am

I am having the election jitters. My husband can’t relate because he’s not a citizen, although he recognizes that what happens in American politics will affect him as much as the next person living here. But he can’t vote, and therefore doesn’t feel the same pressure I do to “make a difference.” I’ve been asked numerous times to donate time to the Obama campaign, and for one reason or another I have declined to participate. But I’ve donated more money than I ever have before because I feel I must be doing something besides voting. If Obama loses, I’ll probably kick myself for not doing more.

I found this post the other day by Larry David (creator of Seinfeld) which sums up how I feel right now (except for the part about impotence). Click here: “Waiting For Nov. 4th.”

See also Richard Lewis’ “And Larry David Thinks He’s Frightened?”

And Albert Brooks: “Not To Worry.”

[All posted on The Huffington Post.]

I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to vote early or wait until election day. The last time I voted in a presidential election I waited for hours to vote. It wasn’t that boring, because I love to eavesdrop. But it didn’t exactly help the jitters I had then, too. One man told me that he was going to vote for Bush just because his brother dared him to. What an idiot! Just to win a bet. Sounds like a compulsive gambler to me.

I would hope that more people would vote for their preferred candidate for more solid reasons than that. I don’t mind that much if someone votes for McCain if they have well-informed reasons for doing so. But what drives me crazy are the ones who say they’re voting for McCain because Obama is an Arab. Or because he’s a terrorist (some think the two are synonymous. More idiots!) Or because they think his economic policy is socialism. (Try explaining Social Security and corporate welfare.)

Whenever I hear or read a claim that one or the other side makes, I check Factcheck.org to get an unbiased view of what was said. I would recommend that all voters do the same, or check some other type of non-partisan source. Don’t just take your candidate’s word for it. They all lie to some extent. And if anyone out there thinks that his or her candidate is going to be able to keep all his campaign promises, get real.

Now is not the time for me to quit smoking…

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