Skip to comments.A Voting Story (Vanity)
Posted on 11/06/2004 6:39:48 AM PST by weaponeer
This is the first post I have ever initiated on FR. I thought some would appreciate a young person's point of view. My 25 year old son sent me this email yesterday. He knows that I have been on FreeRepublic for many years, and he thought I might like to post this. I would:
"Sick as I was on Tuesday I still made it out to vote after work. Stood in line for two hours (nearly falling over, but I made it).
A funny thing happened. The voting facility was a church out on 2657. The line made several "loops" around a confined front lobby area of the church in no organized fashion. There was a woman in front of me being very vocal about her excitement to vote for Kerry... to change America. Her existance remained nearly transparent to me until we neared a bend in one of the "loops" of the line. She must have grown tired of standing and decided to step out of line and take a seat on one the benches nearby. Having noticed this I saved her place in line.
Except when she got back up to rejoin the line, she didn't resume her position on front of me. Since she was seated at the "knee" of two bends, she got back up and attempted to "skip" a whole section of the line by joining the next bend. Her coy act did not go unnoticed and she was instructed exactly where her place in line was.
The significance of witnessing this for me was gaining the definition of my point of view. For a long time I had no good answer as to "why" I am a Republican. But, this is the real reason. It is my point of view that a Republican will hold a place in line, while the Democrat attempts to cheat. Ignoring all other issues, this is the one aspect that really makes me a Republican.
So there you have it. One young person's defined point of view. I'm just glad that woman didn't have her way.
Just had some time and wanted to write that down. Maybe some of your FreeRepublic people would get a kick out of that...?"
Thanks for sharing. I think your son sums it all up. Hope he's feeling better, send him over here!
Powerful and right on.
A good and simple story that really illustrates American democracy at work. That woman should not have even been disucssing her vote in the polling place. It is good to have no electioneering inside, all she did was make her candidate look bad by her own misbehaviour.
I was a very happy camper last Tuesday...My husband and son voted for the first times in their lives, and my daughters had voted in primaries but this was their first Presidential election...it was great!!!!
This reminds me of the time that Bush uttered some nice words at Clinton's portrait unveiling at the White House, even though by rights, he should have refused to speak and honor the bum. It's called graciousness. Nice story.
When Mr. Adler and I voted in the last primary, a discheveled man, perhaps in his 60s, in line just ahead of us, announced loudly to all that he was a democrat when he was asked which ballot he wanted. He proceeded to announce that the election people "needed more help" because he had to wait all of about 2 minutes in line, try to pick small quarrels with the election people about various nitpicky topics, demand to sit at a table to fill out the ballot instead of using a voting booth, and then demand help with the ballot which he apparently could not figure out. All this in a voice loud enough so that everybody in the place could hear him. So many rats are such big babies who never manage to grow up (think Bubba).
Some of the best reading I've had on Free Republic has been in the form of well-written vanites. Yours is among them. Thanks for writing and posting. Bttt!
Several of the people I work with voted for Kerry. They are among the most decent, genuine, moral people I have ever known.
Your story is not, perhaps, inaccurate. But it is a grossly overbroad generalization.
Your observation is spot on! Here's mine: "cheaters" in traffic (those that butt in line, cut off, refuse to allow a merge, etc.) invariably had a Kerry-Edwards bumper sticker on their cars.
Okay I have quoting that line also but I would like to know who it orginated from. Was it Rush or someone from FR?
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