Posted by: Ticktock | October 13, 2008

In Good Company

I’m fired up and ready to go.

This past Thursday I attended an Obama rally.  It was cool, but not the electrifying experience that I was hoping for.  It certainly wasn’t the type of foaming-at-the-mouth feeding frenzy that has occured at recent McPalin rallies.  At obama’s rally, nobody called for the opponent’s death, nobody accused the opponent of terrorism or socialism, nobody yelled expletives at the pro-life advocate waving a sign that said “Obama murders new born babies”.

The rally was honestly just a mix of races and ages, all who were friendly and respectful.

One good thing that happened at the rally was that they took my information and my neighborhood, and my regional organizer called me later to ask me to volunteer.  And I did.

I was so glad that I stepped up to the plate.  I was a Green Party non-voter in 2000, I reluctantly voted for Kerry in 2004 (though I disapproved of his connections to corporations), and now I’m bound and determined to prevent another old white republican with lobbyist connections into the white house.  Volunteering for Obama was pretty fun.  Yes, there were people who pointed to their “private property” signs, people who wanted to argue about how McCain is a POW, and many many people who were not home (or didn’t answer), but there were also those rare moments where I got to connect with an undecided voter.

A bald white guy with tattoos and pitbulls turned out to be an undecided.  We had a decent conversation, and I was able to give him some info about Obama.  Two ladies stopped me to talk about Obama, and I gave them some info on early voting.  Minor victories.

Don’t worry about having to argue with conservatives when you canvass.  The Obama campaign doesn’t want volunteers to engage in that nastiness.  They just want to be able to get their information out to undecideds, who may be wondering if Obama “pals around” with terrorists or if he is a muslim.  I found canvassing to be rewarding, and I encourage everyone to give it a try.  Now, more than ever, we owe it to ourselves to elect an intelligent and kind leader as president of America.

Oh, and someone else canvassed for Obama yesterday…. Barack Obama himself.  So, if you canvass for the man, at least you’ll know you’re in good company.

Vote Obama!  Vote early!

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Responses

  1. Very cool! I took my kids down to the rally as well, we had a great time (ok, other than the standing and walking and waiting…)
    I’ve done some canvassing in the past, but I haven’t been able to get out for Obama yet. Good for you for giving your time!

  2. Great post! Thanks for volunteering. We’re in Cali and besides calling Nevada, not much to do.


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