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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
  Well, let's see what happens....
I went to the polls here in Va yesterday. The lines were long and short. It all depended on your last name. The A through H line was pretty long and the Q through Z line was pretty long, but I guess all the Jones' had already voted, because their were only 4 people in the I through P line!!!

When my daughter and I walked up to the front of the line like that, with people standing on either side of us, waiting in line, it almost felt criminal! Like we were cutting. A lady in the line next to us told me she had been waiting 2 hours to get as far in the line as I'd just got! I laughed, "Don't blame me!" But I whispered to my daughter, let's remember to thank Pop Pop for this! I was in and out of there in about 15 minutes. But for some reason, even though we know how Va voted for president and senator and congressman, we have no idea who the mayor is yet! The VB vote counters, apparently volunteers, went home last night before they finished counting, so we won't find out until sometime later today.

So Barack Obama is the president-elect of the country. I guess we have to give him a chance to screw it up before we all start screaming that he's gonna screw it up. How much damage can he do in four years anyway? People like to point out that it took Bush 8 and he had a couple of major catastrophes to deal with during those eight years! He ran in the middle, but he's always voted left. I guess we'll just have to wait and see how he governs, since he's never really don't it before.

Here's the big problem I see. Yesterday morning as I was watching the local news, there was an interview with a local woman. She said she was voting for Obama so she wouldn't have to worry about putting gas in her car or paying her mortgage. I'm actually repeating her words as I heard them come from her mouth on the TV. This could be a major setback for our new president when he doesn't deliver on the free gas and no house payment promise that he apparently made and I missed while he was on the campaign trail. But believe me, I'm all for it!

I do have one question though. I understand that this is a very historic election and I believe that black people in our country might feel a little better about their standing in our country and they should. Honestly, to go from the back of the bus to the White House is a pretty significant step, even if it did take 40 years. As Don King would say, "Only in America!" Now every male child can aspire to be the president, no matter his skin color. When a woman becomes president then that'll change too.

But here's my question...Why is it okay for black people to vote en mass for a black candidate? What's makes it so different and okay for black people to do that and not white people? Because anyone reading this knows as well as I do that if white voters voted 90-95% for McCain we'd be hearing it today about what a racist country we live in...and that's just not fair. Is that a place we'll ever get. A place where skin color really doesn't matter? You can try to fool yourself into believing that skin color didn't matter this time, but there were plenty of people that voted one way or the other based on that criteria alone. And that's wrong too.

Good luck over the next four years...

...and have a nice day!

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I don't know why it's not considered racist for black people to vote for the black candidate en mass. I know women took a lot of grief for voting for a woman just because she is a woman.

I guess once again women are regulated to the end of the political line.

Mountain Sage
 
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