White Balloon

Daily Journal of Mahaan, an Iranian-American student residing in USA.

Monday, November 01, 2004

The night before Election

Yes, I'm quite stressed about the outcome of the election. I truely can't afford another 4 years of W. Bush. We kept checking the electoral-vote.com day after day and now it's projecting Kerry as the winner, but who can believe the monsters like Rumsfeld,Cheney, etc. are out, before you hear the actual concession.

America is truely devided. The polls claim that it's a 50-50 devide, but I don't believe it. But independent of the numbers of the splite, the undecided people are a small minority. That means that whoever who is the president is going to have a difficult time to fight for his policies in such a sensitive time.

The flow of information about this election has been incredible. You need to be an absolute dumb in this country if you don't know there is an election tomorrow. The media coverage has been fairly good. If it's a fair election tomorrow, whoever wins the election, I can't say that Americans picked him because of ignorance or misinformation. There has been tremendous amount of debate, more than what I could have imagined and definitely much more than the previous two elections. But the big IF remains there: if it's a fair election without major manipulaition. It seems to me that democrates are going to fight for death this time. One of the few areas that democrates in senate fought over the past few years was the regional judge selections. And that will definitely pay off in this election.
PBS broacasted a very interesting documentary about Kerry and Bush's life in paralel from 1960s till this election. To some extent my respect for Kerry was increased both as a liberal citizen and also politician. And it's so depressing to see a dumb and untallented person like Bush is ruling America and still at least 40% of this country support him!

On sunday, we did a full day of work in the neighborhood with moveon people to give the final information about the poll station and voter's rights. People in the democrate neighborhood that went are so eager to go and vote and get rid of Bush. The undecided ones are really few in this election.

Tomorrow is a historic day in most of Americans' life and defintely for me too.
Here is what a friend from moveon.org sent me about tomorrow:

Because this is it, folks. Tomorrow is the day.
Three years ago, George Bush was unbeatable. He had sky-high approval ratings. The media adored him. And his allies attacked the patriotism of anyone who spoke against him.
But that was before Bush invaded Iraq. Before he had racked up the largest deficit in American history. Before he exploited the unity we all felt after 9/11 to push through his radical right-wing agenda.
Before millions of Americans stood up to take their country back.
Now he’s hanging on for dear life. And we can tip him over the edge.
Tomorrow is the day.
Tomorrow is the day we’ve been waiting for, the day when all those doors we’ve knocked on, all those people we’ve called and talked to, all that hard work will finally pay off. Tomorrow’s the day that we’ve been training for.
And it may be a long day. Around 3pm, you’ll probably get tired, and your team may get a little cranky, and you all will wish, just a little, that you could spend the afternoon reading a book and forgetting all about this politics stuff.
But we’ve got to dig deep. We’ve got to keep our eye on the ball. We’ve got an election to win.
Tomorrow is the day.
In 1990, Rudy Boschwitz was unbeatable, an establishment Republican Senator from Minnesota rolling in cash. When Paul Wellstone, a scruffy populist college professor, declared his candidacy, no one thought he had a chance – no one even thought it was a real race.
But Paul got on a green-painted school bus and went around the state, talking to groups no matter how small, going to parts of the state Boschwitz never did. Everywhere he went, he brought a hopeful message about change and a commitment to the people of Minnesota. And then he won.
Paul died two years ago, and he’s missed. But what we’re going to do tomorrow will prove that the ideals he believed in live on. "When too many Americans don't vote or participate,” he said, “some see apathy and despair. I see disappointment and even outrage. And I believe that out of this frustration can come hope and action." Wellstone told people: "The future will not belong to those who sit on the sidelines. The future will not belong to the cynics. The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Tomorrow is going to be a Paul Wellstone day.
Tomorrow is the day that, together, we’re going to take our country back.
Until then!
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