Tuesday, November 06, 2012
40 years of voting
I hit my polling place twice. When Larry and I voted this morning, I saw a neat-o parking spot labelled "Curbside Voting."
While my dad can walk, and drive, he has some joint and a lot of foot pain, and it takes some effort, and standing in line on a cold, rainy day wasn't an option. He was planning to forgo voting, till I told him about the curbside service. So, since they had also changed our polling place to one out in the boondocks, I went back with him later in the day.
The poll worker came out with this cool little portable voting machine - they bring it out to your car and hand it in to you through the window. Totally awesome.
I'm extolling my great civic virtue and voter-vigilance as a preface to explaining that I am all in.
It's been a good-ish but long day, the election and the nation worry me, and I cannot imagine anything worse than following the returns all evening.
I'm not baffled by the desire to watch it all, if people want to. I can kind of understand wanting to. I did it for years. But I am QUITE baffled by the people who say that it's unpatriotic to not watch. I can't cite where I hear this. I've heard it several times, it's kind of a "they say," but I gotta disagree.
What knowledge, what positive change, would happen if I kept up with the slow accumulation of electoral votes, that will not happen because I wait for the result? Am I apathetic to want a quiet, de-stressing evening of a good book, and to find out tomorrow, either who won, or what Constitutional problems have been triggered?
Well, I can only say, I need a break. Tomorrow, we deal with whatever we've come up with. Tonight, I'm dressing down, making a hot chocolate, and reading Life in a Noble Household, 1641-1700. It traces the the Russell family in England and how they weathered (or failed to survive) the economy and politics of the era. It's both fascinating, and a reminder that whenever we live, we can find ourselves in turbulent political times and we just, basically, deal with it!