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  •  I was the ripe old age of 43 in 2000 (19+ / 0-)

    when I cast my first vote for Al Gore.  

    My 20 year old son shamed me into it with a blistering lecture on citizenship, civic duty, having a say in what my country was doing and where it was going.  

    That was his first Presidential election, too - he was appalled when he found out that, while I had been registered for many years, I had let it lapse when I got married and moved out of state, never registered in NV, then didn't re-register until 1994, and only then so I could get my homestead exemption.  

    He was like - "Mom!  How could you have been teaching Citizenship in the Community and Citizenship in the Nation merit badges all these years without voting?!?!?"  Made me feel like the biggest hypocrite on the planet, especially since we had just gone through the awful Dale v. BSA decision that ended with our troop folding after 52 years of service (because our UCC church wasn't allowed to renew its charter, since we were open / affirming and wouldn't accept the BSA anti-gay policy in order to re-charter).  

    But I have never, ever, in all the elections since that first one (and I never miss one, not even our little local ones for soil conservation board or town commissioner), felt the way I feel about President Obama.  

    This is a good man.  This man cares - he cares about you and me and every other American, whether they like him or not.  He doesn't have to say he loves his country or its people - it emanates from him in waves.  Our pain is his pain.  Our joy is his joy.  Our struggles are his struggles.  Our triumphs are his triumphs.  

    I will never, in the rest of my lifetime, ever see his like again.  

    But, oh, how I wish I would.  

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Thu Nov 08, 2012 at 08:21:52 PM PST

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