November 07, 2006

Reasons to Vote

I voted as I said. I may vote early next time if they keep my polling place in the same location. I made a wrong turn and my precinct is located at a school, which was a mess. I always take my kids so I can model the behavior. If I want them to vote, they should see me vote. They come every time. So today had to be after school, and since my precinct is at a school, it was hellish, not to mention it was bad enough trying to find it, while grinding my teeth and cursing under my breath as I passed many many precincts along the way.

Anyway, by the time I went to vote, my butt was dragging. And I’ll go into one of my big motivating factors as to why I HAD TO VOTE in this election in a minute, but let me state, I have NO PATIENCE for anyone who says to me, “I was too busy to vote.”

No.

I was up at 5:45. I made breakfast for three boys, packed three lunches for them, packed my own lunch, took a shower, got ready for work, left the house at 7:10 to drive the kids 30 minutes to school, dropped them off, paid bills at the school (I’m the school treasurer), went to work, had a telecon with Company X and the Wizards in Seattle, got a call from the school that my eldest was sick, drove to the school, picked him up, drove home 30 minutes, got him settled in, drove back to work as I realized whatever he is catching didn’t require my being with him as long as we spoke on the phone constantly, worked, picked up Bones from school (Mr. T had Art Class), drove Bones to get a snack, walked a neighborhood assigned to us for Cub Scouts to put door hangers for Food for Families on 20 doors, picked up Mr. T (all the while calling home every hour to make sure Ringo was fine), drove 50 minutes to vote, voted, drove 20 minutes back home, read my email, helped Mr. T with his homework, made dinner, drove 30 minutes to take Mr. T to baseball, got home at 9, helped finished cleaning the kitchen while catching up with my husband’s day, and then sat down at the computer to read by 9:30.

I don’t even want to hear that someone was ‘too busy’. I seemed to be able to cram it in my schedule.

It was that important.

Now, as I said yesterday, I view it as a personal responsibility. It is a privilege to be able to vote and I do not take it lightly. That said… one of my biggest motivating factors to vote was… OK, get ready because I NEVER blog politics… to make sure I voted against Katherine Harris.

If you looked at how I voted, I did not vote Party Line. I never do. I’m an Independent that just happens to be registered in a party. In the State of Florida, you cannot vote in the primaries if you aren’t registered in a party. I do tend to lean towards more one party than the other, but for the most part, my voting ballot always looks like scrambled eggs. There is a mixture of Independents, Dems and Reps that I will vote for/against.

I’ve not been excited about our choice for Governor. I voted. I wasn’t thrilled. But I did it.

Our Senate slot? It was between a Democrat named Bill Nelson and a woman who most of you know, Katherine Harris.

I have watched this woman for years and my opinion of her? El Flake-O. Good Lord. I was at a meeting in September with a group of women from all parts of the state. At our table was a good mix of political views. And at our table also was one husband. He started talking about something… in which we all were listening intently… and then he started singing the praises of Katherine Harris and I quickly looked around the table and saw EVERY woman sit straight and suddenly tune him out.

I have read that God has told her she should think about running for President one day. I read whatever the quote was and thought, “Sweetie, that’s called Schizophrenia, and they have drugs for that… and some of them work.” She is carrying on about how she is going to write a tell all book about how the media has been out to get her and how various people who worked on her campaign have been out to get her and my response upon reading this?

Yawn.

No thanks. I’ll pass.

And so that’s been my big motivation to vote, as well as most of the people I know around here, is to make sure our votes count and she does NOT get into office. I’d be so horribly embarrassed to have her represent our State on a National level. Good Lord. Say it isn’t so.

And as of now, she is being soundly beaten by her opponent.

I wonder how God feels about that?

Posted by Boudicca at November 7, 2006 10:26 PM | TrackBack
Comments

My biggest thing was getting out of my sweat pants and trying to put on a pair of jeans to go vote. Hell, I didn't even have to drive, Mo drove. Went to lunch afterward.

Sorry, just thought I'd rub that in some ;-)

Posted by: Sissy at November 7, 2006 10:55 PM

GRRRR! hey, but did the jeans fit?! That's a pretty big deal after surgery! I think it took 10 days before I could get everything all zipped up comfortably.

Posted by: Bou at November 7, 2006 10:59 PM

I VOTED!

And I, like you, am an Independent registered to a party so I can vote in the primary.

I'll share those scrambled eggs with you.

Posted by: Rave at November 7, 2006 11:24 PM

"I always take my kids so I can model the behavior."

What a great idea, Bou. I've never taken my kids and we SHOULD be modelling things we want them to do!

Posted by: Lisa W. at November 8, 2006 06:19 AM

I didn't want Harris, but I didn't want the other guy either.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at November 8, 2006 08:37 AM

Nelson is a moderate. He is actually not a bad guy. So he was by FAR the lesser of two evils in my eyes, compared to, "God wants me to run for President one day..." Really? God gets involved with our elections? All those people dying all over the world of starvation and under the tyranny of some horrible dictators and God cares that SHE is running? Phht. Right.

Posted by: Bou at November 8, 2006 08:53 AM

I would have prefered you really keeping your politics outside this blog. I can't read it know without thinking you voted for a pal of John Kerry, a.k.a Jon Carry. How desingenuous ! How sad for the troops ! It's a bad day.

Posted by: dom at November 8, 2006 11:04 AM

Bye bye, Dom!

Posted by: Bou at November 8, 2006 12:16 PM

By the way, its MY blog, Dom. I take no requests. I can blog whatever I want. You have issues with what I blog? Don't come back. Seriously. Don't let the door knob hit you on the ass on the way out.

Posted by: Bou at November 8, 2006 12:17 PM

Wow! Balls!

Posted by: Sissy at November 8, 2006 03:53 PM

I voted, but I've never "Rocked the Vote." I feel somewhat ashamed.

Posted by: Toluca Nole at November 8, 2006 03:57 PM

I am an independent, registered that way, could really care less about who the "party" elects in their primary. My vote is mine and I usually try to vote for the person with the most intellegnce and intellect. This year meant I voted mostly for the Democrats.

As for Dom's comment: I'm a 7 year Army Vet who spent 5 years in a combat zone. I'll take Bill Nelson over "No-show" W and "better things to do" Cheney any day of the week.

My two cents

PT

Posted by: P'Cola Titan at November 8, 2006 06:05 PM

And love the fact that in my fury to reply I misspelled Intelligence...LOL

Posted by: P'Cola Titan at November 8, 2006 06:08 PM

Heh heh heh. I so owe your big body a hug next time I see you! ;-)

Posted by: Bou at November 8, 2006 06:11 PM

Heh! Heh! Denise Majette, who defeated Cynthia McCommie back in 2002, left the House to run for the Senate because God told her to. I'm an atheist, but this led me to believe that if there is a God, He's got a great sense of humor, so maybe He did talk to Katherine Harris.

Posted by: Denny at November 9, 2006 04:14 PM