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I Didn't Vote For Obama Today
November 4, 2008, 9:37AM

I have a confession to make.

I did not vote for Barack Obama today.

I've openly supported Obama since March. But I didn't vote for him today.

I wanted to vote for Ronald Woods. He was my algebra teacher at Clark Junior High in East St. Louis, IL. He died 15 years ago when his truck skidded head-first into a utility pole. He spent many a day teaching us many things besides the Pythagorean Theorem. He taught us about Medgar Evers, Ralph Abernathy, John Lewis and many other civil rights figures who get lost in the shadow cast by Martin Luther King, Jr.

But I didn't vote for Mr. Woods.

I wanted to vote for Willie Mae Cross. She owned and operated Crossroads Preparatory Academy for almost 30 years, educating and empowering thousands of kids before her death in 2003. I was her first student. She gave me my first job, teaching chess and math concepts to kids in grades K-4 in her summer program. She was always there for advice, cheer and consolation. Ms. Cross, in her own way, taught me more about walking in faith than anyone else I ever knew.

But I didn't vote for Ms. Cross.

I wanted to vote for Arthur Mells Jackson, Sr. and Jr. Jackson Senior was a Latin professor. He has a gifted school named for him in my hometown. Jackson Junior was the pre-eminent physician in my hometown for over 30 years. He has a heliport named for him at a hospital in my hometown. They were my great-grandfather and great-uncle, respectively.

But I didn't vote for Prof. Jackson or Dr. Jackson.

I wanted to vote for A.B. Palmer. She was a leading civil rights figure in Shreveport, Louisiana, where my mother grew up and where I still have dozens of family members. She was a strong-willed woman who earned the grudging respect of the town's leaders because she never, ever backed down from anyone and always gave better than she got. She lived to the ripe old age of 99, and has a community center named for her in Shreveport.

But I didn't vote for Mrs. Palmer.

I wanted to vote for these people, who did not live to see a day where a Black man would appear on their ballots on a crisp November morning.

In the end, though, I realized that I could not vote for them any more than I could vote for Obama himself.

So who did I vote for?

No one.

I didn't vote. Not for President, anyway.

Oh, I went to the voting booth. I signed, was given my stub, and was walked over to a voting machine. I cast votes for statewide races and a state referendum on water and sewer improvements.

I stood there, and I thought about all of these people, who influenced my life so greatly. But I didn't vote for who would be the 44th President of the United States.

When my ballot was complete, except for the top line, I finally decided who I was going to vote for - and then decided to let him vote for me. I reached down, picked him up, and told him to find Obama's name on the screen and touch it.

And so it came to pass that Alexander Reed, age 5, read the voting screen, found the right candidate, touched his name, and actually cast a vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

Oh, the vote will be recorded as mine. But I didn't cast it.

Then again, the person who actually pressed the Obama box and the red "vote" button was the person I was really voting for all along.

It made the months of donating, phonebanking, canvassing, door hanger distributing, sign posting, blogging, arguing and persuading so much sweeter.

So, no, I didn't vote for Barack Obama. I voted for a boy who now has every reason to believe he, too, can grow up to be anything he wants...even President.




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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 03:06 PM

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 03:10 PM
That is an incredibly moving piece. Thank you for posting it.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 03:49 PM
Wow,all I can say is that is one powerful piece. Man.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 03:50 PM
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Wow,all I can say is that is one powerful piece. Man.


Totally agreed... I thought most everyone would enjoy it.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 04:03 PM
It is a good piece, but who knows if it is truth or fiction? Working with magazines as I do it is amazing all of the stuff that is submitted these days as truth but do not hold up when investigated. And especially political pieces during the election.

Nevertheless, truth or fiction, a well-written piece.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 04:10 PM
I know a few people, who stated that weren't voting for either Obama or McCain, but still were going to vote for who was going to be Virginia's next Senator and Congressman. Many of them felt that neither Obama nor McCain is worthy of being President. I for one tried to encourage them to investigate and perhaps voting a "third party" candidate. Now whether they did or not, I don't really know, but I do respect and understand people who don't want to vote, for what they feel, is the "lesser of two evils".

Of course, I feel letting a "5 year old" make my Presidential choice is kind of "eff'ed up", if the writer in "good conscience" couldn't vote for either McCain or Obama or a "third party" candidate then he should have left the line blank. Letting a "five year old" make his choice "trivalizes" the voting process and personally I feel the writer of the article that Squatch posted is a "sh*thead" for doing so. And I would say the same thing, no matter who the "five year old" picked.

[Edited on 11/4/2008 by sibwlkr]

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 04:14 PM
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It is a good piece, but who knows if it is truth or fiction? Working with magazines as I do it is amazing all of the stuff that is submitted these days as truth but do not hold up when investigated. And especially political pieces during the election.

Nevertheless, truth or fiction, a well-written piece.


AGREE ON BOTH

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 04:14 PM
i think that the vote is illegal since it came from an unregistered 5 year old. please remove one vote from the popular vote.

very touching. people are more passionate about obama than any other candidate during my lifetime. maybe that's why i'm a little quesy.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 04:36 PM
I relayed this in another thread but I think it was Chris Mattews who said something along the line of if Obama is elected it will give 'We the people' a new meaning to a lot of people throughout this country. It's hard to not get excited about that prospect.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 04:38 PM
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I know a few people, who stated that weren't voting for either Obama or McCain, but still were going to vote for who was going to be Virginia's next Senator and Congressman. Many of them felt that neither Obama nor McCain is worthy of being President. I for one tried to encourage them to investigate and perhaps voting a "third party" candidate. Now whether they did or not, I don't really know, but I do respect and understand people who don't want to vote, for what they feel, is the "lesser of two evils".

Of course, I feel letting a "5 year old" make my Presidential choice is kind of "eff'ed up", if the writer in "good conscience" couldn't vote for either McCain or Obama or a "third party" candidate then he should have left the line blank. Letting a "five year old" make his choice "trivalizes" the voting process and personally I feel the writer of the article that Squatch posted is a "sh*thead" for doing so. And I would say the same thing, no matter who the "five year old" picked.

[Edited on 11/4/2008 by sibwlkr]


Ill take "I completely missed the point" for $500, Alex

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 05:24 PM
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I know a few people, who stated that weren't voting for either Obama or McCain, but still were going to vote for who was going to be Virginia's next Senator and Congressman. Many of them felt that neither Obama nor McCain is worthy of being President. I for one tried to encourage them to investigate and perhaps voting a "third party" candidate. Now whether they did or not, I don't really know, but I do respect and understand people who don't want to vote, for what they feel, is the "lesser of two evils".

Of course, I feel letting a "5 year old" make my Presidential choice is kind of "eff'ed up", if the writer in "good conscience" couldn't vote for either McCain or Obama or a "third party" candidate then he should have left the line blank. Letting a "five year old" make his choice "trivalizes" the voting process and personally I feel the writer of the article that Squatch posted is a "sh*thead" for doing so. And I would say the same thing, no matter who the "five year old" picked.

[Edited on 11/4/2008 by sibwlkr]


Ill take "I completely missed the point" for $500, Alex


LMAO!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 05:33 PM
The post itself is fine. What is pathetic is that Squatch is posting a piece by a guy that is talking about how proud he is to be able to vote for a Black president, and take his son along so he can participate in his own way to vote for a Black president.

And yet, Squatch goes out of his way in the "OFFICIAL: I'm voting for Obama poll" thread to bitch about the fact that the opportunity to vote in a Black man as president was a part of my considerations. Lectured Squatch, "I dont care if he is purple. Its his ideas and goals Im voting for, not his color," and "Youre right. I dont care much about the race of the person Im voting for." Yet all of a sudden, here you are, touting somebody for voting for Obama because he is black??

Yeah boy.

DH


[Edited on 11/4/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 05:35 PM
Squatch,

I wonder how quick you would have posted the article if the "five year old" would have picked McCain? I'm betting you wouldn't have posted it all, or if you did you would be "bitching" about why a voter would be letting a child make "Mommy or Daddy's" Presidential choice in a voting booth. The fact that the child made the choice you wanted, still doesn't make his parent decison to let him do so, alright. Voting is not only a right, but a RESPONSIBILITY, paid for by the blood of many American servicemen and women. It's not something you let a "five year old" do for you. On I know many like you think how sweet, cute and precious for "junior" to "push the button for Obama", but that's not for the child to do, it for the parent to do. The parent pushes the button, and by their action makes the choice, and not the child. Now if you still "completely missed that point", then you must be the biggest dumbass in whole state of Texas.

Btw, mind posting the writer's name and what newspaper he/she works for as I would very much like to send a letter to his/her editor.

[Edited on 11/4/2008 by sibwlkr]

 

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The post itself is fine. What is pathetic is that Squatch is posting a piece by a guy that is talking about how proud he is to be bale to vote for a Black president, and take his son along so he can participate in his own way to vote for a Black president.

And yet, Squatch goes out of his way in the "OFFICIAL: I'm voting for Obama poll: thread to bitch about the fact that the opportunity to vote in a Black man as president was a part of my considerations. Lectured Squatch, "I dont care if he is purple. Its his ideas and goals Im voting for, not his color," and "Youre right. I dont care much about the race of the person Im voting for." Yet all of a sudden, here you are, touting somebody for voting for Obama because he is black??

Yeah boy.

DH


Effing details everybody its a nice read.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 05:41 PM
It was a nice thought provoking piece about the importance of voting...it just happens to be someone voting for a black man.....and boy do I feel stupid....I didn't realize the person writing was black....I just thought it was a worthwhile post.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 06:44 PM
Wonderful SquatchTexas, I'm absolutely beside myself here in Indiana with the number of Folks just that I am aware of that don't care enough to get out and register and vote. Some of whom don't have jobs and have nothing better to do than sit- around watching tv and still don't care enough to do this, Sorry to be a downer, just frustrated, Thank You for sharing Squatch and Peace To All...............joe
 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 06:54 PM
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Wow,all I can say is that is one powerful piece. Man.


Totally agreed... I thought most everyone would enjoy it.


I sure Did

 

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I relayed this in another thread but I think it was Chris Mattews who said something along the line of if Obama is elected it will give 'We the people' a new meaning to a lot of people throughout this country. It's hard to not get excited about that prospect.
If he is elected i only hope it does not read "We the poor and gunless people "

 

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If a Native American was elected as president would you feel the same way? I don't ask that disrespectfully. I'm just wondering.

 

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If a Native American was elected as president would you feel the same way? I don't ask that disrespectfully. I'm just wondering.


Yes ma'am indeed i would i do not care what color a man or womans skin is i only care what they stand for as a man or a woman... and thank you for askin..

 

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  posted on 11/4/2008 at 08:52 PM
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Native American


I always wondered if they like to be called that? Weren't they here before it was called America?

 

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Most all native Nations , or Tribes , call themselves simply "The People" there were no other people here when the first came whoever they were....

 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 12:14 AM
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The post itself is fine. What is pathetic is that Squatch is posting a piece by a guy that is talking about how proud he is to be able to vote for a Black president, and take his son along so he can participate in his own way to vote for a Black president.

And yet, Squatch goes out of his way in the "OFFICIAL: I'm voting for Obama poll" thread to bitch about the fact that the opportunity to vote in a Black man as president was a part of my considerations. Lectured Squatch, "I dont care if he is purple. Its his ideas and goals Im voting for, not his color," and "Youre right. I dont care much about the race of the person Im voting for." Yet all of a sudden, here you are, touting somebody for voting for Obama because he is black??

Yeah boy.

DH


[Edited on 11/4/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]


LOL..apparently it wasnt just CUH that didnt get it. Man, youre batting 1000 today.

Do you need a fainting couch for your outrage? Quick, tell us what the percentage of blacks is in your neighborhood and how "down" you are with everyone. Jackass. The only consideration you had in mind was the winning team. You have slammed Obama time and time again here and everyone knows it. Youre a joke and a fraud and you have dropped your pants in front of the board yet again.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2008 at 12:15 AM
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It was a nice thought provoking piece about the importance of voting...it just happens to be someone voting for a black man.....and boy do I feel stupid....I didn't realize the person writing was black....I just thought it was a worthwhile post.


That happens when you are colorblind or not trying to score points.

 

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