Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Sunrise? Sunset?

Our money is spent...

Their money is spent...

The race is run...

Our votes are cast...

Now we await the results!

When the election of 2000 was (in my view) hijacked, for the first time in my life I knew I had to do something, so taking the "easy" way out I signed up for a payroll deduction to the UAW's V-CAP fund. (It is a fund that helps educate the electorate and funds get-out-the-vote drives among other things.)

At each turn as the Constitution was (again, in my opinion)ignored, along with the ideas that the "Founding Fathers" held dear, I increased that deduction. There was enough going to it that it became a bone of contention between Dottie and I as things grew "tight" financially at different times. In 8 years, enough went that direction that put "half-down" on a new Cobalt...

This year for the first time ever, we both agreed that we needed to contribute to some of the candidates as well, and though it wasn't as much as it might have been if I hadn't retired this past summer, we still gave to my Congressman; the one who answers each and every petition, letter and e-mail he's gotten from me for the last 6years as I have grown more and more active (my wife says a pain) in things. (Unlike my two Senators who, if they reply, send out a form letter quoting their party's line. One of whom, a member of the Intelligence Committee, I just took great joy in voting against.)

Besides giving to Obama/Biden and Dennis Moore, I also kicked in to the DSCC and DCCC funds, knowing that as long as things can be filibustered or tabled in committee we aren't going to get anywhere, ever.

I talked, I pleaded, I cajoled...I think/hope that some votes were swayed.

I came home after I voted and called and offered to keep Caleb so John and Noel could go vote before the older two get out of school and people start getting off work.

I know there are many who did more, so very much more than I did.

I'm hoping that there are so many who have done more than they ever had before that perhaps tomorrow will bring a very brilliant sunrise, despite the storms that are in my weather forecast.

Because I'm not sure I can deal with sunset!

Now I'm going to fix a bit of breakfast, then go out and clean my gutters before the deluge comes and try and rebank a place along my foundation that has leaked in the last two storms.

Surviving all of that, I'll be off to my dungeon for shoulders, arms and neck. Then it will be time to fix dinner and cross my fingers...

May the week be kind to each of you!

alan

9 comments:

von Krankipantzen said...

Now that is really putting money where your mouth is. I love that you don't just talk the talk but walk the walk.

OK-enough cliches. Good luck today, USA!

Connie in FL said...

My stomach is host to a flock of butterflys today.

You can be proud. You did your part for the greater good AND a congressman who answers your questions... WOW!

Take care my friend.

Renee said...

I'm just going to say thank you...I wish I could thanks to everyone who contributed in some way. Win or lose, things got done, progress was made.

But boy, I sure hope we win.

ryssee said...

You've done much more than most people I know. Crossing fingers and nervous, I sure hope things go our way. I've dealt with the disappointment twice and I don't want to have to do it again this time.

ryssee said...

PS off topic here: I'm gonna try NabloPoMo again - to post a day in November. Please stop by when you can and leave comments once in a while to motivate me :-)

*Ange* Life in the PS said...

OBAMA WON!!!

And he's about to win Indiana!!!
(I think.)

YAY!

SMOOCH.

Clandestine said...

WAHOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Sassy said...

Good job! I voted for Obama. I'd like to think my vote helped him win Indiana! hehe

Green tea said...

It was a long year working those campaigns, but in many ways I will miss it.
Unfortunately My Senate candidate
Al Franken is within 700 votes to beat Norm Coleman, "Mr.Sleaze."
There will be an automatic recount, but generally the one in the lead usually stays there.
It helps that Obama won in a landslide, but it also still hurts.