(From November 4, 2008)
I certainly don't mind standing in line for two hours. That is no hardship, to be sure. Especially given what people in other countries have to go through to cast a vote.
What was discouraging was standing in line for two hours listening to the young couple behind me discuss for whom and why they were casting their ballots. I wish I were paraphrasing their comments. Sadly, I am not:
HER: "McCain's the only one who cares about our troops who are fighting our war."
HIM: "Yeah, but he's all old an' shit. I'm voting for the other one."
Of the three of us, I'm pretty sure the order of the cosmos would have been better served had at least ONE of us skipped the whole process and spent the afternoon watching game shows and huffing glue.
You would think I mean one of them, but I am not so sure it shouldn't have been ME.
And that's the thought that will keep me awake tonight.