I have already expressed my opinion of people that don’t vote. (I think that it is stupid, and you have no right to complain about your country or the politics if you don’t vote.) However here are two things regarding the candidates/campaign that cracked me up today:
Paula Poundstone, on the NPR Quiz Show Wait, Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me! on the topic of the $150,000 clothing expenditures by John McCain’s campaign for Sarah Palin (I’m paraphrasing here): From the day that she was announced as the candidate to the day that elections are held, November 4, 2008, is less than 150 days. Anyone that needs more than $1000/day as a clothing budget obviously has some very expensive clothing tastes!
From the Waiter over at Waiterrant, and my apologies as I am copying word for word here because he expresses this so very very well:
Vote. I don’t care who you vote for. Just vote.
Americans have suffered lynching and torture so we can vote. Americans have faced down fire hoses and dogs, been bombed, murdered, and maimed so we can vote. Americans have labored in unpaid obscurity and have been ridiculed and ostracized so we can vote. Americans have gone to prison so we could vote. Americans have had their reputations ruined so we could vote. American servicemen and women have returned home with grievous wounds and psychological scars so we can vote. Americans have fought and died so we can vote.
It doesn’t matter if the lines at the voting booth are long or we think we don’t have enough time to cast a ballot. We have time. Countless unsung heroes made the time for us.