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05 November 2008 @ 04:12 am
election day  
Election day, when I was a kid, was met with alot of happiness. A day off school right near my birthday (sometimes on it) -- and then the Syosset School District got rid of the election day off. After that, I have to say, from the ages of 10-14 I was apathetic to most political issues. And then the 2004 election happened, and I realized that there was a chance both parties were pushing shitty candidates. I really hated John Kerry. And when he lost, I wasn't surprised.

But for the first time, at 18, I learned about this guy and his name today is Mr. President.
Like alot of young people I was won over by his charisma and his rhetoric, but for the first time I feel like a major party candidate is someone I can get behind.

Still, last night I was biting my fingernails watching CNN 'til 2am. Landslides happen all the time and when you're telling people to vote in Sunday morning services... people head to the polls in fear of damnation. I digress...

Experiencing the election from abroad has certainly been an interesting experience. Both of my states (New York and Massachusetts) went blue. I suspected that would happen, but I feel I've let down my country.

I didn't vote.

My ballot never came. Somewhere in the Netherlands postal system mine (of all the New Yorkers) got lost. I was nervous because I believed in a candidate and didn't vote and I had no idea how many people like me were out there. Never mind the fact that absentee ballots are grossly undercounted and often ignored, I felt I had to at least try.

I'm not ashamed I didn't vote though, I would have if I could have, and I'm proud of everyone of my friends who decided to register in Massachusetts and vote.

The captivation of Europe, and the world, with this election has certainly opened my eyes. People who don't even speak English will be able to say "Obama?" to you once they know you're American. Europeans have had massive support for Obama, and I suspect going to Paris next weekend will show it. In fact, Obama has had worldwide support. I knew American politics were influential but I had no idea to the degree this is. Strangers have opinions they want to discuss with real life Americans. Where discussions of action movies amongst strangers once were now lies politics.

The most important thing about this election day, I suppose, is that I'm genuinely excited to go back to America. To start seeing the changes in House, Senate, and Presidency. I don't expect magic, but I do expect something. I hold people to their promises, and this is no different. I don't want to rush this experience, and I won't, but this is a sigh of relief.
deadly.chatterdeadlychatter on November 5th, 2008 08:36 pm (UTC)
..at least you had no way of voting for the presidential elections

i don't think i actually filled out that part of my ballot.
i didn't want to say anything to anyone--i don't want to be decapitated.
i had every intention of voting for Obama, he's the candidate i believed in most.. i might have overlooked his vote in favor of researching/making informed decisions on state- and district-level measures.

..not like my vote for or against Obama would have changed anything. California wouldn't have voted any other way.

PS: I'd love to hear more about the European/Parisian response to our election :]