Well, we're now down to just 34 days until the election. I can't believe it, this process seems like it's been going on forever! The first big debate was last Friday, and I was proud of the job Obama did in holding his own, looking distinguished, calm, and presidential. He sure didn't smirk, sneer, laugh or be sarcastic towards his opponent, unlike someone else I could name.........
On Saturday, I took A to a birthday party for a classmate. His school is small, and by now we pretty much know everyone in the 2nd grade (only about 75 kids total). Several of the same kids have been to a few parties recently, so I've chatted with their Moms. 2 Moms were at the last party as well as this one, and we talk "small talk" about the kids, the school (LOVE IT!), our families, etc. This time, though, "Mom 1" asked if we'd watched the debate. Both of us ("Mom 2" and me) said we had, although admitted it hesitantly. Mom 1 asks if we want to discuss it, and Mom 2 says that maybe she should say up front who we support before going down this road.
Mom 1 = McCain. Mom 2 = Obama. I jumped onboard once I knew I wouldn't be alone in defending O. I just didn't want to fight that battle and be outnumbered. After that, it was awkward but ok. We were all nice, civil, etc, but expressed ourselves. Mom 1 tells us "I just don't like the wife" which meant Michelle Obama. We asked why, she said "she seems like a Black Panther to me". WTF? We countered by saying how much Sarah P worries us, that she's so close to being president but is so unqualified, etc.
It just brings to my mind thoughts about how reluctant we Democrats have to be around here to admit who and what we are and what we believe. Thankfully, there are a few other Obama bumper stickers here in the parking lot of my school, but it's not like that community-wide or state-wide. SC is extremely Red, practically burgundy or maroon, even though it seems to be against the self-interest of a lot of our citizens for them to vote that way. I just got up the nerve about a month ago to put that Obama sticker on my car, and it' s not because I don't support him or fully believe in him, etc. It's that I just didn't want to "go there" by inviting snide remarks, arguments, or even attempts to run me off the road! It's never happened, but I wouldn't be surprised if it did. Good old SC is just chock full of people who think Obama is either: 1--the antichrist 2--a muslim or 3--both. And they won't listen to you tell them otherwise.
Ok, time to pray: Lord, help us as American citizens as we approach this important election. Help us to look and listen with open minds to what the candidates have to say, and to make informed and faithful choices based on that, NOT based on bigotry, ignorance, fear and a reluctance to fight the status quo. Please allow the man who is best suited for the job to win, and to bring a return of peace, safety and prosperity to our country. Amen.