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Nightmare before election day

I keep waking up in the middle of the night, in a sweat, thinking it's November 3rd and that, somehow, I missed election day. My heart rate spikes and I shake until I realize that, no, it's alright, election day hasn't come yet, there's still time. Time to participate in the most important election of my life. Time for the newspapers to present each candidate's view on the issues, side-by-side, in a constructive context, so that voters can see what the candidates think and propose to do. There's time for media pundits to have reasoned arguments and respectful dialogue about the grave challenges facing us. Time to google the candidates and read their position papers. There's even time for the men and women running for office to spend just one day in one place, not with the wealthy and able, but with people who struggle to stay afloat. Yes, there's tomorrow for all of that. Maybe I'll write a letter to the editor to bring the issues that matter to me into focus for others. I could have that open house I've been meaning to host and invite the local candidates to meet some voters. I really should check-in with my elderly neighbors and see if they need a ride to the polls. I've been meaning to call my working friends and offer to provide childcare while they go and vote. If only I knew where to start. But, the leaves on the sugar maple are looking so fine and I promised to take the kids to the mall. Tomorrow, I'll do something tomorrow. Then, I drift back to sleep.


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Oct. 18th, 2004 09:17 pm (UTC)
Me, too!
Ohhh, you're nightmare is my nightmare! I am on pins and needles, too.The worst verison of the nightmare is six--Good Lord, perhaps even ten--swing states doing simultaneous recounts of ballots into January, and then waking up one icy cold morning to find that the Supreme Court has crowned George Bush king of all he surveys.

You're right there's always that nagging feeling that I haven't done enough--that I am frittering away my time with inconsequential things while the race hangs in the balance.

Oct. 19th, 2004 09:53 am (UTC)
Re: Me, too!
Have you had a chance to read Ron Suskind's article from the NYTimes? Without a Doubt The last few paragraphs are guaranteed to chill you to the very marrow. Double argh!
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