Tuesday, November 4, 2008

The World Is Watching

Over at the Northwest Progressive Institute Advocate, Andrew writes:

This is Election Day. This is the moment we have been working towards.

As I write this, the Pacific Northwest is still a few hours away from midnight on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008. But the hour has already struck on the East Coast, and the first poll votes of Election Day 2008 are being cast in New Hampshire in a town-meeting style setting.

Around the world, humankind is watching as the final votes are cast. Today is the day that America decides who will lead our nation for the next four years.

World watching United States elections, cheering for Barack Obama

He then shows several screen shots of different front pages for various online newspapers from around the world. I'll just borrow one to give you an idea:

Go on over to that article and see the others, if you haven't already. It's a reminder that what we do affects the rest of the world, as surely as what they do affects us.

This is an election that is important both for our own futures and for the rest of humanity's. How many good people we can elect to the government will probably determine whether we can extricate ourselves from Iraq and repair our own country. How few religious fanatics and fear mongers are left in the government will determine whether we choose reason and compassion, or violence and hatred when dealing with each other and the rest of the world. Yes, I've said it before, but it bears repeating - they run this country for us, but they'll only do what we tell them if we choose them wisely and they know we're watching.

Let them know that loud and clear today.


Dana Hunter said...

The first towns in New Hampshire have spoken with a thunderous voice. Blood red towns who stood up and cast their votes for Obama.

I hope this is a preview of what's to come. I hope Obama is swept into office on a tidal wave.

And then, you and I and all of us will have to roll up our sleeves and get busy with some cleaning. We have a hell of a mess to pick up.

Yes. We. Can.

Dana Hunter said...


I haven't seen that headline, but the others have been very nearly as good.

Thank you for all of the hard work you've done. I know you'll be there to help me hold some feet to the fire so that the promise of this day doesn't end up empty.

(I saw they left us with some nutcase Cons to kick around. How thoughtful!)

Cujo359 said...

Yes, I will. And thank you for doing the same.

Sadly, there will be nutcase cons for many years to come. There were still states that went almost 60% for McCain, even given what a lousy job the "G.O.P. Party" have done.