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Thoughts from a Non-Voter

Posted on: November 4, 2008

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As I watch these united states vote in this major election, there are a gazillion things running through my head. I’m thinking about Obama up in the polls, the death of his Grandma, the fact that I can’t vote as a non-citizen, why do I even care even though I don’t have a say.

I have been blogging and twittering and posting to Facebook like a rabid pundit. I go to CNN and the Huffington Post waaay too often. I have followed every little detail and update. It wasn’t until this very morning though that one of the most insightful little tit-bits ran across my eyes. I was able to watch it live.

https://i2.wp.com/images.huffingtonpost.com/gen/47202/thumbs/s-EXPORT-large.jpgAs Dennis Hopper related that short anecdote about Obama. I thought of many things. The most important though occured to me as I started to write this post. Why do I care about this election and I can’t vote. The story that he relates about him in the elevator with Barack was a penetrating insight into the person that Barack seems to be. If he truly is this way it shows why people have been fired up and ready to go for him at a moments call. Why his color is not a scar, he just happens to be black (or half black if you wanna split hairs). Granted, lets say he is just putting on, lets say he is disengenous. I strongly doubt that is the case though.

But back to the main question, why do I care, because Barack is not a candidate that one simply votes for. He is an idea that the world has been hoping for. The idea that a politician can be decent, thoughtful, sincere and maybe even honest.

If he truly is all these things, it will give people that truly want to help thier countries and communities the vigor, the fire and the passion to run for public office because they can say, have you heard of Obama, do you know of Barack. He is not like the rest. He will be the measure, the new standard by which every single politician will be judged, even IF he does not win.

A transformational figure he truly is. if Barack was merely just another mawgah (slim) basketball-playing, smooth talking politician from Chicago that just happened to have a white mom and a black Dad, today’s election would be between McCain and Hillary. No, Barack is an idea. He is a fruit of the global Zeitgist that refuses to be unheard anymore.

May God bless America, and everywhere else.

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2 Responses to "Thoughts from a Non-Voter"

That is a great post. I am in the same boat. Permanent resident alien and can’t vote but wish I could. I do care and I want to embrace the change before us.

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