Eight years is nothing for me. I guess it is because I have lived longer and I can't believe the degrees people and political parties will use to cheat the electorate out of their choice for president. I am a registered voter in Palm Beach County, Florida. I contacted them for my absentee ballot (and also a ballot for my partner a day later). I received mail from them in Thailand, a spanking new voter's registration card.
My house is still in Florida, along with my driver's license. I sent them a fourth email asking:
"By what date will I receive my absentee ballot?"
I want it here early. I want it counted on the DAY of the election. I do not want to be disenfranchised in the way we were when Bush II
stole won in 2000 and we have been treated to every horror since. Neither by dangling chad or poll worker will I easily allow my vote to be lost.
And I am damn angry about it. I am also very frightened that my not being able to physically be at the polls, to stare into the eyes of an election judge, will somehow cost me the chance to be heard.
I don't want a repeat of Donald Rumsfeld- and I kind of liked him. No, truly, I liked him in my delusion that there was an
imaginary enemy that had no weapons of mass destruction in the wake of the avoidable strike on the twin towers in New York.
I don't want a repeat of Dick Cheney as a Jerry Fallwellesque Beauty Pagent Queen. At least Cheney has a Gay daughter pushing beer for Coors. (And I liked that beer!) Funny, you seldom hear anything about Halliburton corporation any more. Cheney, as congressman from Wyoming, voted against funding for abortions in the event of rape or incest. SOUND FAMILIAR? Now she has a big bun of hair on her head to hide the transmitter.
I don't want another John Ashcroft (or a younger more doctrinaire version) to
deprive interpret the rule of law and the amount of justice I am to receive or that any American should receive. Particularly the scrutiny that any American Corporation should receive.
I don't want a Secretary of Energy that is anti-environment ever again.
I don't want a President's cabinet that looks like a dislocated group of CEO's and lobbyists, looking for their next merger opportunity, which is virtually the entirety of what we have endured for the past eight years. This both weakens our country, our participation in the republic and the connection of the government to it's people.
The next generation of Karl Rove really scares me.
I get no answers back from Palm Beach county on email and I worry every day.
On election day I will be in Saigon. I will be at the very prison where John McCain endured what no human should have to endure, for any cause, let alone because they are an American. I honor his sacrifice- I doubt I could have survived it- but that is hardly the qualification I want for president. I have to ask the question that needs to be asked of anyone who votes Republican:
Have you had enough yet?