Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Innnnnerestin'

I have the day off of work today to vote, although I don't need it because I'm waiting for Boyfriend's work-day to end so we can vote together. I'm all antsy about it. CNN is on in the background, and Palin just cast her vote and is getting interviewed. Someone asked her who she voted for. Her response:

"I am also exercising my right to privacy! I don't have to tell anybody who I vote for, nobody does, and that's really cool about America."

Do I doubt that Palin voted for McCain? Not really. But wtf? Sarah, aren't you supposed to ENDORSE your OWN ticket? Also, the line about how the right to privacy is "really cool about America" slays me. Is she implying that other countries don't have secret ballots? Because here's a list of them...

I may be reading into that statement too much, but I get really sick of the constant implications that America is somehow more civilized, or socially advanced, or "the best country in the world." Sure, there are worse places to live. But I don't think this country can hold a candle to certain other countries in terms of infant mortality rates, health care, civil rights, education, and foreign policy. And I think that constantly denying our problems through rhetoric only negates and undermines the efforts of people who want to fix those problems.

Go vote to fix those problems today. If you encounter any problems, call the ACLU Voting Rights Project at 1-877-523-2792. You can even call if there are too few machines that cause discouragingly long lines (this happened to me when I voted in the 2004 election. I had to wait for a few hours, miss work, and miss class. A lot of people didn't vote because they didn't have hours to stand in line. I wish I knew that I could have called someone about that).

3 comments:

Lucy said...

Glad your first day went well and you are among people you feel comfortable with, that is always important at work.

O.K., but you got the day off to vote? I don't know pretty soon this is going to be a national day off!
I guess I am from the 'old school' of work it into your day. Now, I believe employers should not dock time or hold anyone responsible for long lines and such but the day off?
Alrighty,I am going to vote now!! (I know you rather I wouldn't Ha! Ha!)

Herding Cats said...

I am sooo jealous you got today off to vote! I have to go at around 6 tonight and I'm so worried about the long longs!

Phoebe Caulfield said...

@ lucy: Yeah, I would have worked it into my day, too. I'm surprised they gave us off.But a day of is a day off, even if I've only been there for one day lol.
@ HC: I hope your lines weren't too long! We went around 7:30 and hardly anyone was there.

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