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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

U.S. Elections- Will history be rewritten today?

    I am a bit late in posting this post, but better late than never I guess. This topic had been on my mind ever since the election process started not very long back, since the situation is a bit different this time. By the time most of you read this post, the election vote castings process will most likely be over and the results will be declared shortly after.

    On Tuesday morning, the United States of America faces one of its most important tests when the American people go to the polls to their 44th president. It will the day which might just change how the world looks at America. History just might be rewritten. Who wins this sweepstakes called the elections matters not only to the American population, but to the rest of the world.

    After a long drawn out slug fest, the only two choices are left: Barrack Hussein Obama and John McCain. Senator Obama is seen as a thoughtful young man, while Senator McCain is thought of as a feisty warhorse. Both candidates are still out there trying their best to sway the people so that they can get as many votes as possible on the last day. Barack Obama is moving towards the capitol from the state of Florida through the states of North Carolina and Virginia and making his last stop just outside Washington DC. John McCain is hopping all over the place to garner support from Florida to Tennessee to Pennsylvania to Indiana, to New Mexico, and finally ending in Prescott Arizona. Whosoever reaches the magical number of 270 electoral seats shall occupy the presidential office for the next four years.

    Since Election Day is not a holiday, people are expected to cast their vote either before or after their working hours or take a break in between to cast their votes. Long lines are anticipated since everyone expects an unprecedented turnout even though many voters have opted for early ballots in the states which allow it. A lot of things are happening around the world and which have influenced the thinking of the voting population this time and I guess they want a change.

    It has a very strange journey it seems which started in February 2007 when Senator Obama announced his intentions to run for the US presidency. No one thought he would get this far, since his chances were considered as slim and wispy as the mist that disappears as quickly as it is formed. No one before had ever considered a non white person for this particular post. But he has shown resilience, will power and dedication not shown before.

    Like any other thing in life, nothing can be said for sure until the last vote is cast. At this point, it seems like Obama is headed for a clear cut victory, unless McCain manages to pull a surprise at the very end. This election process has been full of surprises and it has been one of the best ones till date. It has also been one of the most entertaining one for me till date. Whosoever wins will be the best man for the post.

      1 Comment:

      Hannah said...

      I am 22 and I'd like to capture my thoughts before America either elects a president who its first 26 presidents could have legally owned, or brazenly subverts the very ideals it was founded upon by manipulating numbers in a final embarrassingly overt goosestep towards corporate totalitarianism.

      I am nervous. And not night-before-the-swim-test nervous or even night-you-lose-your-virginity nervous, it's a low rumbling primal panic which I can only liken to Star Wars panic. Disney panic. The edge-of-your-seat-terror that makes you wonder if Skywalker's doomed after he refuses to join Darth Vader and drops down into the abyss, if the wicked octopus or grand vizier or steroid-pumping-village-misogynist is going to wed/kill/skin the dashing prince and then evil people in dark funny costumes are going to take over the world... if it wasn't a movie of course.

      And tonight it's not. It's not a movie and yet I feel like Obama might as well be wearing an American flag cape while a decaying McCain, in a high-tech robotic spider wheelchair wearing an eyepatch and stroking an evil cat, gives orders to a sexy scheming Palin who marches back and forth through their sub-terranian campaign lair in four inch thigh-highs and full-body black leather catsuit bossing around the evangelical ants with a loooooong whip... umm... is this just me?

      Anyway, the point is that things feel weird folks. I have friends who have peed in waterbottles to keep from interrupting a Halo-playing marathon who got off their asses/couches to volunteer for the Obama campaign not once, but many times. Friends so cheap their body content is at least 1/3 Ramen Noodle who donated a good deal of their hard-earned cash to the campaign. People have registered to vote in record numbers, and yet, something just doesn't feel right. I think we should stop congratulating ourselves for just voting. To vote is a privilege which people have died for, and I think there's a whole lot more to be done for the country than to simply help win an election every 4 years.

      Hundreds of millions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of man-hours spent on both sides by good-intentioned people who want to make a difference in an historic election, so many resources and voices and energies devoted to a single day. After tomorrow, half of that is going to have been a waste. And I can't help but wonder what could have happened if all that muscle had been put towards something else, and what will happen to its momentum after the election has come and gone. Shouldn't we be donating our money to good causes whenever we can? Helping people who don't have? Dedicating some of our time to contribute to making the country which provides for us a better place? Of course a power shift is a hugely significant step on the path to great reform, but worrying about this election has been a wakeup call for me:

      Even if Obama wins, we have not "won." This isn't a movie and we can't toss every greedy lobbyist oil fatcat bigot down a reactor shaft. I think if we dedicate ourselves to the ongoing welfare of the country as much as we have to the outcome of this election, we'll have a much better shot at coming closer to the overwhelming good the liberals hope Obama will usher in, but which no mere mortal could fully realize alone.

      Which brings me to the other side. I've heard a lot of people claim that if McCain wins, they're leaving. I heard the same thing about Bush's reelection, and his unelection before that, and nobody seems to be leaving. And that's fine. Because as much as I complain about certain political happenings, atrocities, etc., I really do like it here and I suspect most other people do too. We have New York and Hollywood, purple mountain's majesty and sea to shining sea, we created jazz and country music and baseball and cars and lightbulbs and computers and that movie with hundreds of animated singing Chihuahuas! I mean who among the shivering Plymouth pilgrims ever imagined ordering hundreds of animated singing chihuahuas onto a magical box from an invisible information superweb?

      The point being, if things don't turn out the way I want tomorrow, I feel compelled, as a college-graduated adultish-type-person, to take a stand. And if I'm going to leave I'm going to leave. But if I'm going to stay I'm not going to sit around whining like I have for the past 8 years. It's like when I don't clean my room because it's dirty and then I blame the dirt. So in my very indecisive way, before you and your screen, I'm declaring my intention to make some kind of stand in the event of -(Ican'tevensayit)-, and encouraging you to consider making one too...

      Jump the ship or grab a bucket?
      Wasn't everything so much easier back when the worst possible affront to your values was a PB&J sandwich cut diagonally with crust?

      Anyways, I guess what I'm saying is that if we're going to stay on board, we should probably be generous with our time and resources when times are tough even more than when the hero saves the day. Because what if he doesn't? And what if he can't? If we're serious about real change, election day should only be the beginning of "Yes we can," not the end.

      Hannah Friedman