Today We Change Everything.
[Design For Obama]
Honestly, you've probably got better things to do with your time today than read another blogger ranting. So if you haven't voted yet, turn your computer off right now and head to your polling place. And then get your free doughnut afterward at Krispy Creme. And your free cup of coffee at Starbucks. But if you've already voted, or if you need a little extra inspiration for your friends, co-workers, and family members, here are my thoughts:
This election has gone on forever. Over two years. The longest, most expensive, most media-saturated election in history.
And after all that: today's the day. The only day, through all of it, that matters. The only day you can literally change the course of history and the world.
Today, you can vote. And with that vote, you can change the economy, protect personal liberties, ensure judicial fairness, care for the elderly and the disadvantaged, salvage the environment, and end the war. These are things YOU can do, YOU personally, if you vote.
Yes, it's all about you. Your vote matters. If just 537 more people had decided to vote in 2000 in Florida, today the world would be very different: we wouldn't have a meaningless war in Iraq, we wouldn't have record deficits, and we wouldn't have a far-right Supreme Court, and global pollution would be drastically reduced. Just 537 people. To be clear, that's fewer people than can be found in the orchestra seats of a Broadway show. That's fewer people than on a subway train. That's fewer people that eat at a McDonald's at lunch. And those few people, who decided to stay at home in 2000, decided the fate of American history.
The terrifying lesson of 2000: despite all evidence to the contrary, a single person actually CAN make a difference.
And in 2008, that difference is enormous. There's never been an election, in my lifetime, where so much rests upon the outcome. America is teetering on the brink of socio-economic collapse. The country is in danger of destroying itself...the greed of its corporate leaders and its politicians has put our very livelihood in jeopardy. This is not exaggeration. My day job, like many of yours, may evaporate in the oncoming recession. We are all at risk.
There is nothing that we will do today, November 4th, 2008, that is more important than standing in line, for hours if we have to, and casting our ballot. If we lose today, it's very possible that we will never be able to turn around our problems. We MUST elect a leader, a statesman, a visionary...and one such man, thankfully, is running. We can choose him, if we reject fear and misinformation, if we stand on principle and values, if we embrace change and the future.
Vote today. Vote like your life depends upon it.
Because it probably does.
I'll see you on the other side.