Now it’s our turn…

On Tuesday, I will climb into my Jeep Wrangler and drive three miles to the volunteer rescue squad headquarters here in my rural Blue Ridge Mountain community and, finally, have my say about who will be the next President of the United States, one of two U.S. Senators from Virginia, and my elected representative.

Based on what has happened in states with early voting, I probably will have to stand in line – a rarity here in the hills – and may need a cup of hot coffee to fight the early morning cold. I will probably know those ahead and behind in line and we’ll talk about the weather, the high school football team’s chances of finishing the regular season undefeated and how much leaves we have all had to rake from our lawns.

We probably won’t talk politics – except to express relief that the long political season is almost over. Too many political discussions in this passionate election season end in anger. Some end with punches thrown, noses bloodied and knuckles bruised.

Sadly, election 2008 brought a simmering, divided America to a boil. This election season strained friendships, destroyed coalitions and brought hate, racism and bigotry to the surface. Our country is split apart by philosophical and political differences fueled by hate, fear and ignorance. Tuesday’s winners face not only daunting challenges in dealing with a failing economy, controversial war and a broken system of government: They must also find a way to work together to put this nation back together.

Republicans tried to make this campaign a referendum on love of country – a sad but typical tactic of the rabid right – but we all love our country. That’s why a record number of us will most likely turn out Tuesday to exercise our right to vote and have our say in what happens to this nation in the coming years.

We’ve survived the endless barrage of campaign commercials, sorted through the half-truths and outright lies from both parties and all candidates, dodged the robocalls that arrive before breakfast and dodged the pamphleteers that chase us down at gas stations, farmers’ markets and shopping malls. We’re endured the longest, most expensive political campaign season in American history and now we must sort through all the propaganda and garbage to try and arrive at a reasoned decision in the voting booth.

Every candidate from the farmer running for a seat on the local school board to the polished political pro vying for the Presidency promises to “make a difference” if elected to office.

But it will be the people standing in line on a cold Tuesday morning in a rural Blue Ridge Mountain community who will make a difference, along with the millions of others who voted early in the past few days or who will head for their polling places on Election Day.
The political circus is about to strike its tent. The show is over.

Now it’s our turn.


  1. griff

    Obama relies on carefully written end expertly delivered speeches. He stumbles and stutters in town hall settings or when questioned directly, as seen in this video.

    But you’re right, perhaps imbecile is too strong a word. People tend to stutter and stumble when they have no idea what they’re talking about, or they can’t keep their lies straight because they’ve told so many.

  2. Ladywolf55

    Now Griff, I can agree with you on everything except one: Obama is definitely not an imbecile. Bought and paid for he may be, but no imbecile could have pulled off the upset he has over the past two years if he didn’t have a brain in his head which is in working order. So give the man his due, even if he is in opposition to your position, k? I believe he is sincere, but misguided.

    Now McCain? I definitely relegate to imbecile status. One, for his atrocious, lilly-livered, low-road campaign behavior. Two, for picking Sarah Palin, his low-road, trashy twin. Three, for telling America he voted for Bush’s policies over 90% of the time, then tried to disavow that the last three weeks of the election.

  3. griff

    Yep. It’s our turn to “decide” which of these two imbeciles will be the frontman for the corporations and bankers. Which one of these marionettes will dance on the golden strings of a corrupt and contemptible oligarchy. Which one of these lying thieves will usher in this golden age of global feudalism. I can hardly wait.

  4. rbw152

    I’ve heard a lot of bad things about Obama: he’s a communist, he’s a terrorist, he eats babies and wants to let Arabs convert everyone to Islam.

    But one thing is ISN’T, is George Bush, or John McCain. And he isn’t Republican either and with the state America is in right now that’s got to be a good thing.

    IMHO the Dems are not much better but your country needs a different approach – really badly.

    So, get him in the White House first and sort out the mess afterwards. Because the alternative is to get McCain in – and continue as you are. And who seriously wants that?

  5. Warren

    Tomorrow morning I shall go to the polls early, before work, and cast a vote for myself for Congress. It’s a wonderful thing to do, very self-actualizing. I wish everyone a chance to do it. It’s also a completely symbolic gesture, since any real win/loss has occurred in the market for ideas in the previous weeks. The probability of my being physically elected is nil.

    In the previous weeks I have endeavored to debate my R and D opponents, proposing Libertarian solutions to current problems. I’ve been on the TV a couple of times, in several debates, interviewed for the editors at the papers and such. I’ve found that when I propose my Libertarian solutions, an audience is listening and responding. My R and D opponents are taking notes.

    In the past election cycles I’ve proposed ideas that have been well received. Sometimes an opponent has co-opted a position and taken it for his own. A few times those have been enacted into law.

    So, my Libertarian ideas can get elected without my Libertarian body being elected. That’s why I do this.

    So, tomorrow morning I will cast a vote for myself, in a symbolic ritual. We will see which ideas have taken root and are elected.