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The 2012 Presidential Election: My Thoughts and Gratitude

 

Big Bird representing for Sesame Street

The 2012 Presidential Election had more drama, intrigue and lunacy than an episode of Greys Anatomy, Survivor and Days of Our Lives combined.

I’m so glad it’s over!

I was sick of hearing that if Romney won my grandchildren would never find out how to get to Sesame Street.  I was tired of hearing about requests for Obama’s Harvard transcripts and birth certificates. I was tired of being confused over what documentation I needed at the polls.  I was sick of wondering if all of the Hurricane victims were able to vote, and if not, what scandal would ensue. Just sick of it all.

Then it was all over but it wasn’t. We had to wait forever for Romney’s concession and a few more days for Florida’s finally tally.  Why is it always Florida?  I’m just sayin.’

 

Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “Press On” has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” – Calvin Coolidge

Where there’s a will there’s a way

Regardless of the drama and who you voted for, I am sure you had some personal observations and take-aways.

If I could wrap up the 2012 election in one word it would be determination.  All over the news you heard about the extremely long lines for early voting and the lines continued all the way to the very end.  You heard all kinds of stories of people with a determination to be heard–despite the obstacles.

Here I will showcase three individuals with that spirit of determination.  Two stories you may have heard of and one you have never heard unless you talked to me.

I don’t want an epidural, I want a ballot!

Galicia Malone in labor waiting to vote

The first story I heard repeatedly on the radio and on television. Galicia Malone, a 21 year-old woman from Chicago was in full-blown labor with contractions five minutes apart as she approached her polling station.  Her contractions began between 3am – 4am that morning but she held out until her polling place opened. She was a first-time voter and was determined for her voice to be heard. After she voted, she drove herself to the hospital. Who does that?

You’re never too old!

Then there’s the story of Ms. Rosie Lewis, a 99-year-old first time voter.  I don’t know why I still get surprised to see that someone her age has never voted.  In her lifetime, she has lived through the Women’s and Civil Rights movements, seen 24 presidential elections but it wasn’t until now that she felt moved to vote.  Watch her story in the video below.

The story that warmed my heart the most

I texted my oldest daughter the Sunday before the election.  Somewhere in our cyber conversation she asked if I was off on Tuesday.  If you are a parent, you know that was not the real question.  You know there will be a few more feeler questions before the whammy is put on you. It will usually involve money, being driven somewhere or some other dreaded inconvenience.

As my eyes rolled, I paused before I texted back. ‘Oh God, how is she trying to mess up my day off?’ What could she possibly need from 1.5 hours away that was related to my precious Tuesday.

So I rolled the dice.

She explained in her simplistic yet fancy IM language that she wasn’t able to vote because her absentee ballot had not been processed in time.  She wanted to come home and only needed a ride back to school.

I’ll be honest. When she asked me to take her back I started to ask who she was voting for. That is a long behind trip (driving there and coming right back to beat the traffic)  and that may have determined my answer. You better vote for my candidate I thought.

I then recalled the last few elections where she went with me and got to push the buttons and cast “her” vote.  As a parent, you model these things hoping that they will see the importance in the process and exercise their right.   Why invest all that time and not make this possible when she finally gets the opportunity to do it for real?  Mom, you are the worst!

I was inspired by her determination to vote so I told her to consider it done! I never asked who she voted for and frankly, I don’t care. She did the dang thing!

 

What we do in life echo’s in eternity” -Maximus from the Gladiator

 

Reflection

This is what I know. Many people were hurt or died to exercise their right to vote. I remember the story that my mother told me about Fannie Lou Hamer and how a speech that she heard in college still rules as the reason  that she votes, even if she doesn’t like either candidate.

It is my hope that everyone reading this cast their vote in this past election.  If not, my question is why?

I would love to hear about your experiences of the election!  Make sure you comment below and definitely share this post via email, FB or twitter!

 

 

 

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1 comment

  1. Donetta

    I know that I am a month late, but since I live in Romney land it only toke me 10 minutes to vote.

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